Board of Estimates


The Baltimore City Board of Estimates consists of five voting members: The Mayor, 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. Click here to go to the Baltimore City Charter, Baltimore City Code and the Code of Public Local Laws.

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.


How to Contact the Board

Address all correspondence to:

Honorable President
and Members of the Board of Estimates
c/o Clerk, Board of Estimates
204 City Hall
100 N. Holliday Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Tel: (410) 396-4755

Fax: (410) 685-4416


Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) has announced that it is ending the practice of sending out water bills four times per year and prepares to implement monthly billing. The final quarterly water bills will arrive for City customers in September.  BaltiMeter Billing is set to be turned on Oct. 11, and monthly water bills will start arriving soon afterward. Water customers are advised to keep in mind that the arrival of the first monthly bills will be staged into November.  For some customers, the final quarterly water bills arriving in September may cover more than the typical 90 days; others may see considerably fewer days in their billing period.  Questions please contact:

Jeffrey Raymond  
[email protected]  

Kurt Kocher
[email protected] 

Jennifer Combs 
[email protected] 

After hours, weekends, or holidays please call 410-396-3100 for the duty officer

Maryland Public Information Act

To request public records from the Board of Estimates, send the request to the PIA representative for this Office:

Harriette Taylor
Clerk, Board of Estimates
100 N. Holliday Street, Room 204
Baltimore, MD 21202
[email protected]

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