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.

The Board of Estimates' complete regulations on procurement, protests, Minority, and Women-owned Business Enterprises, and Debarment/Suspension can be found here.

Board Agendas

The next Board of Estimates meeting will be on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at 9 am. Materials can be found by clicking here.

Previous 2021 agendas: September 1, 2021August 25, 2021August 11, 2021 | August 4, 2011 | July 28, 2021 | July 21, 2021|   July 14, 2021 | June 30, 2021 | June 23, 2021 | June 16, 2021 | June 9, 2021 | May 12, 2021 | April 14, 2021 | April 7, 2021 | March 31, 2021 | March 24, 2021 | March 17, 2021 | March 10, 2021 | March 3, 2021 | February 24, 2021 | February 10, 2021 | February 3, 2021 | January 27, 2021 | January 20, 2021 | January 13, 2021

Meeting Schedule

The Board of Estimates meets each Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. and at 12:00 noon (12:00 noon for scheduled bid openings only). All Board meetings are live-streamed online at charmtvbaltimore.com.

For bid openings only, residents and members of the press can watch live on CharmTV’s cable channel (Channel 25/1085HD); charmtvbaltimore.com/watch-live or listen in at (443) 984-1696 (ACCESS CODE: 0842939).

Board Recess Dates

The Board of Estimates is scheduled to be in recess at 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon on the following Wednesdays:

  1. September 08, 2021
  2. October 13, 2021
  3. December 29, 2021

Bids will not be opened on dates the Board of Estimates does not convene.

Abstentions

Board members must submit a dated memo to the Comptroller’s Office the day before the scheduled Board meeting date. The memo will note the page number of the member’s abstention, the item, and the reason for the abstention. 

Mayor Brandon Scott | City Council President Nick Mosby | Comptroller Bill Henry | DPW Director Jason Mitchell | City Solicitor Shea

Former Board members: Acting City Solicitor Dana Moore | Acting DPW Director Matt Garbark

Meeting Summaries

For the meeting summaries from January 2021-May 12, 2021, click here.

For the meeting summaries from June 16, 2021- July 14, 2021, click here.

For meeting notes from 2020 or before, please visit our minutes archive.

All video recordings of Board of Estimates meetings can be found on CharmTV's Citizen Hub.