Calvert Earns Three AAA Bond Ratings

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners yesterday announced that -- for the fifth consecutive assessment -- the County received AAA credit ratings from three major bond rating agencies. Fitch Ratings, Moody’s Investors Services, and S&P Global Ratings each assigned their highest ratings due to the County’s strong economy, robust revenues, and sound financial management. “It takes hard work and planning to achieve this rating,” said County Administrator Mark Willis. “Our fiscal health comes through…

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Carroll Approves Additional Funds for COVID-19 Relief

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners today approved additional funding for community partners providing relief to residents amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The commissioners also tentatively approved funds to establish a new small business assistance initiative to support businesses suffering amid the pandemic and help prepare for sales during holiday months. Funding comes from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and is currently unspent from the Carroll County Coronavirus Relief Fund Plan…

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Frederick Expands COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

A program to provide rental assistance to Frederick County residents affected by COVID-19 has extended the amount of time a household can receive aid and expanded eligibility to people who have regained employment, County Executive Jan Gardner announced today. The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program is a partnership between Frederick County, the City of Frederick, and the nonprofit Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs. “We know there is a real need for additional support so…

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Baltimore County Adding 31 Ballot Drop Boxes to Meet High Demand

Due to high demand, Baltimore County today announced that it will install 31 additional secure ballot drop boxes that will be available to voters through Election Day. These new ballot drop boxes -- which will be deployed by Friday, October 23, 2020 -- will supplement the County's 13 ballot drop boxes, which are located at each early voting location, the Baltimore County Board of Elections, and Hereford High School. Ballot drop boxes are under 24-hour…

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Howard Board of Elections Receives $700K COVID-19 Response Grant

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and the Howard County Board of Elections announced that the County received a COVID-19 response grant of $688,226 from the Center for Tech and Civic Life to assist in the upcoming general election with increased costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Howard County Board of Elections will use these funds to offset the growing election judge and staffing costs of running a 50% mail-in election and in-person voting simultaneously. Additionally,…

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St. Mary’s Approves Funding to Bolster Volunteer Rescue Squads Amid Pandemic

The Commissioners of St. Mary's County this week approved $552,992 to provide supplemental staff, ambulances, and related equipment to the County's volunteer rescue squads as part of a partnership to provide emergency services across St. Mary's County. As previously reported on Conduit Street, each of the County’s seven volunteer rescue squads has asked for help to address staffing shortages, particularly in daytime hours when many volunteers are unavailable. "Reduced staffing has been a growing trend…

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Hogan Weighs In on Statewide Ballot Questions
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Hogan Weighs In on Statewide Ballot Questions

Governor Larry Hogan yesterday announced his position on two statewide ballot measures up for consideration by Maryland voters on the November 3 ballot. Governor Hogan opposes Question 1, a constitutional amendment which would authorize the General Assembly, in enacting a balanced budget bill for fiscal year 2024 and each fiscal year thereafter, to increase, diminish, or add items -- provided that the General Assembly may not exceed the total proposed budget as submitted by the…

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9-1-1 Commission Convenes to Consider Legislative Recommendations

The Commission to Advance Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) Across Maryland this week will meet virtually to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on 9-1-1 operations, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and subcommittee recommendations related to staffing, cybersecurity, oversight, and funding. The Commission’s deliberations will be live-streamed in compliance with Maryland’s Open Meetings law:                           Thursday, October 22, 2020         11:00…

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CARES Funding Available for MD Fishing Industry

Maryland to Provide $3 Million in Direct Assistance to Commercial Seafood Industry The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) this week announced that applications will be available on November 4 for economic relief funds for the commercial seafood industry through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), for those who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The application will be available to eligible members of the seafood industry on the Maryland…

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Harford Earns Clean Audit, Ends FY 2020 with $27M Surplus

Harford County ended FY 2020 with a clean opinion from external auditors and a $27.2 million surplus that will help offset lost revenue and added expenses from the COVID-19 pandemic. Technically known as the Unassigned General Fund Balance, the $27.2 million surplus for the year ended on June 30, 2020, is an increase of $7 million over the prior fiscal year. “We ended FY 2020 in a strong position thanks to conservative budgeting since the…

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