Board of Estimates

The Baltimore City Board of Estimates consists of five voting members: The Mayor, the President of the City Council, the Comptroller, the City Solicitor, and the Director of Public Works. The President of the City Council serves as President of the Board of Estimates, and the City Comptroller serves as Secretary to the Board.

Pursuant to the Charter of Baltimore City, Article VI Section 2, the Board of Estimates formulates and executes the fiscal policy of the City.

From time to time, in furtherance of these duties, the Board promulgates rules, regulations, and conducts hearings. Each year, the Board adopts an Ordinance of Estimates and presents it to the City Council. Prior to the adoption of the Ordinance of Estimates, the Board makes public the Director of Finance's recommended operating budget and the Planning Commission's recommended capital budget and long-range capital improvement program.

The Board of Estimates is also responsible for awarding contracts and supervising all purchasing by the City. All bids made to the City in response to the formal advertising procedures are opened by the Board of Estimates, which awards the contract to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder.

Board Submission Process

The deadline for submissions to the Board of Estimates deadline is Tuesdays at 11:00 am to be included on the agenda for the following week.

Board Submissions will now be electronically submitted only. ALL BOE submissions can already be submitted ELECTRONICALLY via email to [email protected], with cc to [email protected].


  1. (1) Board memo in Word Document format
    1. Footer identifying the name of the document on each page - INCLUDING the signature page
  2. (1) Board memo in searchable .pdf format
    1. Footer identifying the name of the document on each page - INCLUDING the signature page
  3. Supporting documents in searchable .pdf format
    1. Footer identifying the name of the document on each page - INCLUDING the signature page

Approval Stamps

  1. BBMR stamp and signatures from all required parties, if applicable
  2. DOL stamp, if applicable
  3. DOA stamp, if applicable


  1. All of the above documents
  2. Name, email address, and phone number of an agency contact person able to answer questions from BOE staff about the agenda item
  3. Name and email address of the agency staff member who will receive the electronic copies of the signed Board Memo and signature page following Board approval
  4. Live signatures on one or more signature pages of a document, if applicable

Submission Timeline

Submit to BOE Staff

Internal Agenda

Public Agenda

BOE Meeting

Tuesday, March 9th at 11am

Thursday, March 11th

Monday, March 15th at noon

Wednesday, March 17th at 9am

Tuesday, March 16th at 11am

Thursday, March 18th

Monday, March 22nd at noon

Wednesday, March 24th at 9am

Tuesday, March 23rd at 11am

Thursday, March 25th

Monday, March 29th at noon

Wednesday, March 31st at 9am

Please note the Department of Audits will continue to require one hard copy submission of each Board Memo, associated documents, AND any necessary supporting materials for its review. Audits require ten days to complete their review. Please factor this review time into your document processing schedule. Documents for Audits review should be delivered to Room 321, City Hall.