Financial Information

Overview

WSSC Water is proud to provide our budget and CIP information 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 Water’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 budget document includes detailed budget submissions, WSSC Water's budget processes, fiscal policy and approach to budgeting. The CIP document includes a discussion of WSSC Water's legal authority, the CIP planning process, a program overview, and detailed project information.

Budget Information

The Approved Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Budget for all operating and capital funds totals $1.455 billion or $0.9 million (-0.1%) less than the Approved FY 2020 Budget. The Approved Operating Budget of $849.7 million represents an increase of $32.3 million (3.9%) over the FY 2020 Approved Operating Budget of $817.4 million.  

For further information see the FY 2021 Approved Budget.

CIP Information

The Proposed FYs 2022-2027 Capital Improvements Program includes an estimated combined total program of $5.7 billion, approximately $138 million greater than the Adopted FYs 2021-2026 CIP.  Estimated combined expenditures in the six-year program period are approximately $3.9 billion, $201 million greater than the previous CIP.  Expenditures for FY'22 are estimated at $733.2 million for the combined program, $118.2 million greater than the previous CIP.  Read more on the Proposed FYs 2022-2027 CIP document.

The Adopted FYs 2021-2026 Capital Improvements Program includes an estimated combined total program of $5.5 billion.  Estimated combined expenditures in the six-year program period are approximately $3.7 billion.  Expenditures for FY'21 are estimated at $615.0 million for the combined program.  Read more on the Adopted FY’s 2021-2026 CIP document.

Current Budget Documents 

FY'21 Approved Budget Proposed FY's 2022-2027 CIP
FY'20 Approved Budget Adopted FY’s 2021-2026 CIP document

General Information

Budget Formulation Process

Maryland State Law requires that WSSC Water 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 Water budget are held in each county before February 15. WSSC Water considers comments and testimony given at the public hearings before the Proposed Budget is transmitted to the counties.

State law requires WSSC Water 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 Water 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 Water 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.

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