Ken Ulman has come out with his FY14 capital budget for Howard County, and it brings relatively few surprises. You can read more about the budget submission here.
It should not surprise that one out of approximately four dollars in the capital budget is going towards education, either towards the HCPSS or towards HCC.
The budget is also fairly intensive on funding for new county parks, which is appropriate, since the county is currently building two new regional parks, Blandair and Troy Hill. In this economy, the delay to build Blandair seems pretty ridiculous. Oh well, it seemed like a good idea at the time.
And, OK, I get that a new library was just built in Ellicott City, but are there no other capital needs in the library system than in Elkridge? Hmmm.
All in all, this is about what I would expect out of an "election year" budget, though the election in question isn't until next summer. No surprises and the emphasis is on priorities-- education, recreation-- for which Howard County is known.