Prepare for #MACoCon – Download the Mobile App Today!

Are you attending, exhibiting, or sponsoring at the Maryland Association of Counties’ Winter Conference? Then you should download the MACo Conference App! Thank you Nationwide Retirement Solutions for sponsoring the mobile app! Mobile App provided by Param Solutions.   The Agenda feature allows attendees and exhibitors to see what events are happening by day and time. MACo’s new Mobile App can: Access session details and create a personal schedule Network and stay connected with colleagues and fellow attendees Access…

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SDAT: Reassessment Shows 9.1% Statewide Increase in Group 1 Property Values

All 23 Counties and Baltimore City Increase for the First Time Since 2008 The Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) today announced its 2019 reassessment of 696,947 residential and commercial properties. The overall statewide increase for “Group 1" properties was 9.1%; this is the first reassessment since 2008 where all 23 counties and Baltimore City posted an increase. According to a press release: The properties in “Group 1” are reassessed by the Department…

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Anne Arundel Makes Funding and Operational Changes to Contracts with ICE

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman has announced changes to the county's relationship with ICE. Notably, he has ended the county's participation in the 287(g) program, but will continue a separate ICE detainee contract for humanitarian reasons, with plans to use a portion of the revenue from that contract to fund detainee legal aid in immigration hearings. The Baltimore Sun reports on the cancelled 287(g) program and the separate detainee contract: The 287(g) program allows…

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Sun’s Political Retrospective Captures Maryland’s Ups and Downs in 2018

A Baltimore Sun article (2018-12-20) by Luke Broadwater offered a retrospective of the rough-and-tumble political happenings of 2018. The article covered: (1) the fortunes and misfortunes of Maryland's Republicans, (2) the role United States President Donald Trump played in shaping the state's political dynamics; (3) issues regarding Maryland's Congressional Delegation; (4) the changing face of the Maryland General Assembly; (5) key legislation passed in 2018; and (6) the fate of several state constitutional amendments that were on…

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Prince George’s Court Program Focuses on Reentry and Reducing Recidivism

An article in The Washington Post highlights Prince George's County Court Reentry Court Program. Started in 2013, the Re-Entry Court is one of only two such programs in the state. Through the three phase program individuals who have been convicted of crimes and incarcerated are released early under supervision and provided a range of treatment and support services -- substance use and mental health treatment, life skills and relationship building, education and job training --…

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Federal Prosecutors Launch “SOS” Program to Pursue Fentanyl Cases in Baltimore

In an Op-Ed in The Baltimore Sun, U.S. Attorney for Maryland, Robert K. Hur, explains a new initiative his office is launching to ramp of federal enforcement of criminal fentanyl distribution cases in Baltimore: Under this program, every arrest in Baltimore for fentanyl distribution will be reviewed jointly by the State’s Attorney’s Office for Baltimore City, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Maryland to determine whether the case will be prosecuted in…

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Partial Federal Shutdown – Who’s Affected, What’s Happening

GovLoop recently published a resource guide for those affected by the partial federal shutdown begun on December 22. While its intended audience may principally include government managers and affected stakeholders, its contents are also useful for community leaders and government revenue watchers in the area around the national capital. From GovLoop: Government agencies that have already received appropriations remain open, but about 25 percent of agencies are now shut down and are operating with a…

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Montgomery, Prince George’s Earn Awards for Excellence in Government Finance

The Government Finance Officers Association- Washington Metropolitan Area (GFOA-WMA) chapter this week announced the 2018 Excellence in Government Finance award winners. The Montgomery County General Accounting Team and the Prince George's County Department of Permitting, Inspections, and Enforcement were honored for their innovative programs and contributions to the practice of government finance that exemplify outstanding financial management. According to a press release: The General Accounting Team of Montgomery County is honored for their hard work…

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1 Way to Get the Most Out of #MACoCon – NEW MOBILE APP!

MACo’s Winter Conference is just ONE WEEK AWAY! Preview the event by checking out the schedule, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, and attendees through our NEW mobile app, sponsored by Nationwide Retirement Solutions. Instructions for your FREE download: Delete the old MACo app, if you have it – this one is all new! Access the App Store/Google Play: search for “MACo" Download the FREE app (thanks, Nationwide!) Use the same email address you used for conference registration…

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Q&A Showcases How Counties Partner and Prepare for Emergencies

You've got questions, Kevin Aftung, Director of the Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management has answers. From 911 systems to floods and active shooter events, Aftung provides an emergency manger's expert answers to pressing questions in the December 2018 COG Quarterly Magazine: Ask an expert showcases an innovator in the Baltimore region who is at the pulse of his or her industry through a Q&A. We sat down with Kevin Aftung, director of the Anne…

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