Calvert County’s 2018 Budget Benefits from Increased Revenues

Calvert County’s Staff Recommended Budget has been introduced for review by Calvert County’s Board of Commissioners.

Calvert County’s Recommended Budget includes funding for employee salaries, schools, highways, and land preservation.

The County’s Fiscal Year 2018 General Fund budget, as described in the recommendation, totals $282 million, an increase of $35 million from last year. As described,

The increased revenues of the General Fund are primarily due to the County’s Payment in lieu of Tax agreement (PILOT) with Dominion Cove Point. This budget also benefits from the FY 2017 income tax and property tax increases.

The Fiscal Year 2018 budget recommendation includes a salary increase for county and school board employees, and funding above the required “maintenance of effort” amount for Calvert County schools.

As described in the Staff Recommended Budget document, this budget includes:

  • A step increase (i.e., salary increase) for County employees, with a $1.03 million estimated impact plus a 1% cost of living adjustment (COLA) with a $460,000 cost.
  • Funding of the Board of Education stands at $5.6 million over the state required maintenance of effort amount; $3.1 million as agreed upon with the BOE to cover the step increase for school employees given in FY 2017 and $2.5 million in additional funding for operations.
  • A $2 million increase to Calvert County’s Highway Maintenance Division to fund the road paving program bringing the total amount provided for paving to a 9 year high of $4 million.
  • A $740,000 increase to land preservation efforts for a total of $1 million for land preservation programs

For more information, see the complete Staff Recommended Budget for Calvert County.