The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) is proud to provide our budget and CIP information through the World Wide Web to the citizens of Montgomery and Prince George's Counties and the world. Below you will find summarized budget information, CIP information and general information about the WSSC’s budget processes. More detailed information is contained in the attached budget documents, which are provided here in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files. The PDF format allows us to display the full content of the budget document in its original appearance. The budget document includes detailed budget submissions, WSSC's budget processes, fiscal policy and approach to budgeting. The CIP document includes a discussion of WSSC's legal authority, the CIP planning process, a program overview, and detailed project information.
The FY'15 approved expenditures for all funds total $1.3 billion or $108.4 million (7.5%) less than the FY'14 Approved Budget. The FY'15 Approved Operating Budget of $707.2 million represents an increase of $8.4 million (1.2%) from the FY'14 Approved Operating Budget. The FY'15 Approved Capital Budget of $625.4 million represents a decrease of $116.8 million (-15.7%) from the FY'14 Approved Capital Budget.
For further information, please see the FY’15 Approved Budget.
The FY'14 approved expenditures for all funds total $1.4 billion or $8.8 million (0.6%) less than the FY'13 Approved Budget. The FY'14 Approved Operating Budget of $698.8 million represents an increase of $37.0 million (5.6%) from the FY'13 Approved Operating Budget. The FY'14 Approved Capital Budget of $742.2 million represents a decrease of $45.8 million (-5.8%) from the FY'13 Approved Capital Budget.
For further information, please see the FY’14 Approved Budget.
The Proposed FY's 2016-2021 Capital Improvements Program includes an estimated total program of $4.2 billion, approximately $455 million greater than the FY's 2015-2020 Adopted CIP. Estimated expenditures in the Six-Year program period are approximately $2.0 billion, $400 million greater than the previous CIP. Expenditures for FY'16 are estimated at $542.9 million. Read more on the Proposed FY’s 2016-2021 CIP document.
The Adopted FY's 2015-2020 Capital Improvements Program includes an estimated total program of $3.7 billion, approximately the same amount as the FY's 2014-2019 Adopted CIP. Estimated expenditures in the Six-Year program period are approximately $1.6 billion, $420 million less than the previous CIP. Expenditures for FY'15 are estimated at $472.0 million. Read more on the Adopted FY’s 2015-2020 CIP document.
Budget Formulation Process
Maryland State Law requires that WSSC prepare capital and operating budgets each fiscal year. Each Budget shows funding and staff requirements, organizational components, and program and fund sources.
The budget process begins with submission of requests by all organizational units following the guidance provided by the General Manager. Management reviews these requests before the General Manager presents his recommendations to the Commissioners. The Commissioners review the budget and make recommendations before approving a proposed budget document for public hearing. A proposed budget document must be available to the public before January 15. Hearings on the WSSC budget are held in each county before February 15. WSSC considers comments and testimony given at the public hearings before the Proposed Budget is transmitted to the counties.
State law requires WSSC to transmit its proposed budget to the counties on or before March 1 of each year. The County Councils and County Executives and their staffs review the budget and make recommendations. Both counties must approve any amendments to the budget on or before June 1. Once the counties' actions have been received, WSSC adopts an Approved Budget and sets the levels for charges, fees, and taxes to finance approved expenditures. The Approved Budget takes effect on July 1.
Once the budget is adopted, total expenditures may not exceed the final total approved budget without an approved budget supplement. Budget supplements must be approved by the Montgomery and Prince George's County Councils, and are transmitted to them through their respective County Executives.
CIP Formulation Process
Maryland State Law requires that WSSC prepare a Six-Year Capital Improvements Program for major water and sanitary sewerage facilities and transmit it to the County Council and the County Executive of Montgomery County and the County Executive of Prince George's County before October 1 each year. The Commission, where required by the two County Councils' final action on the program, must revise the same and then prior to the commencement of the first fiscal year of the six-year program, adopt the Capital Improvements Program.