Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to shift some of those costs from the state is the major uncertain factor in the county's fiscal situation, said committee chairman Tom Quirk, a Catonsville Democrat and member of the County Council. It is not yet clear how much of the pension costs the county will have to absorb.
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is set to unveil his 2013 budget plan in April.
The committee — created to ensure that spending does not exceed the county's economic growth —issues spending guidelines each year. Last year, the committee recommended a maximum spending increase of about $36 million over the previous year, but Kamenetz's budget did not boost spending by that much, Quirk said.