Charles County Passes Budget, Supports Schools and Public Safety

On May 16, Charles County Commissioners adopted the general fund FY 2018 budget of $391,452,100, an increase of just 4.2 percent over FY 2017.

According to a Charles County press release,

The balanced budget was adopted without raising property tax and income tax rates. Funding for education and public safety accounts for approximately 76 percent of the General Fund budget. The budget adoption also supports an investment in the County Government workforce, as well as a fiscal 2018 Capital Projects budget of $147,456,000.

Budget Highlights:

  • Real property tax rate is maintained at $1.141 for County Government and $0.064 for Fire and Rescue per $100 of assessed value.
  • Local income tax rate is maintained at 3.03 percent of the state liability.
  • A $5 million funding increase for Charles County Public Schools, 2.9 percent more than fiscal 2017. The county’s $175,484,000 investment, to support salary raises for teachers and other public school employees, as well as assist in funding new English Language Learners and special education positions, is the largest ever for Charles County Public Schools.
  • College of Southern Maryland funding increased to $9,886,200 to include funding for additional mediation services.
  • A $4.6 million funding increase for the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, 5.5 percent more than fiscal 2017, to support hiring one additional officer, capital/equipment purchases, and a salary increase for staff.
  • Various increases for county departments and other agencies on county payroll such as performance-based merit increases, and funding for one-time costs and existing programs.

“I am pleased the Board of Commissioners has adopted a sustainable budget for fiscal 2018. I look forward to seeing the positive change the adoption will bring to our community,” said Commissioner President Peter F. Murphy.

“I thank our county finance employees and entire staff, County Commissioners, and partner agencies for working tirelessly to adopt a balanced fiscal 2018 budget,” said County Administrator Michael D. Mallinoff, Esq., ICMA-CM. “Next year, we will begin conversations early with the Board of Education and the Sheriff’s Office to address budgetary challenges such as opening a new school, and work together to implement innovative and shared fiscal solutions for the fiscal 2019 budget.”

Fiscal 2018 budget details are available online as well as the budget process video at: www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/budgetprocess.