"This number kind of confirmed that we are not going to have any shortfalls," said Raymond S. Wacks, Howard's budget director. "The economy is relatively strong in Howard County. We're on track."
The November income tax distributions show an 11.8 percent gain from last year, but growth was smaller when compared with last year's 14 percent increase. November income tax collection figures from the state comptroller's office often help local governments gauge their projections for the following budget year as they craft spending proposals.
The county executive will hold the first public hearing on the budget for fiscal year 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the George Howard Building in Ellicott City.