Talbot Secures High Bond Ratings from Fitch, Moody’s

Talbot County earned high bond ratings from both Fitch Ratings and Moody’s Investors Services in advance of selling bonds to finance its Easton Elementary School construction project. Moody’s assigned an Aa2 general obligation limited tax rating to the County's $22.7 million Public Improvement Bonds, Series 2020. The rating reflects the County's sizeable tax base, average income levels, healthy financial position, and low debt burden. Fitch Ratings assigned a rating of AAA to Talbot County reflecting…

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Strategies for Balancing the Budget

Counties are making significant financial investments to address immediate public health and safety needs. At the same time, counties are experiencing massive and unprecedented declines in revenue as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The combined effect of these changes will likely undermine county revenue structures and support for education, public safety, roadway maintenance, and other essential services. As county governments begin to address substantial revenue shortfalls and significant gaps in their budgets, commissioners, executives,…

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Worcester Budget Maintains Core Services, Fully Funds Schools, Keeps Tax Rates Steady

The Worcester County Commissioners yesterday adopted the County's $204.3 million fiscal 2021 Operating Budget. The budget holds the line on income and property taxes, fully funds the maintenance of effort requirement for Worcester County Public Schools, maintains core services, and provides funding for other post-employment benefits (OPEB) for County and school employees. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the County last month cut $17 million from the FY 21 budget in order to account for the…

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Baltimore County Offers Online Scheduling for Free COVID-19 Tests

Starting today, Baltimore County residents can visit the County's website to quickly and easily reserve a slot for free COVID-19 testing. “Improving access to testing is important to continue our gradual reopening. Allowing people to schedule tests online makes it even easier for any County resident who wants to be tested to do so quickly,” County Executive Johnny Olszewski said. “We’ll continue working to put measures in place that reduce the spread of the virus…

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Fed Again Expands Lending Program for State and Local Governments

The Federal Reserve will expand a $500 billion lending program designed to help state and local governments better manage cash flow stresses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Until now, the Municipal Liquidity Facility (MLF) -- which will purchase up to $500 billion of short term notes -- was open to states, as well as counties with at least 500,000 residents and cities with at least 250,000.  Although eligible state-level issuers may use the proceeds to…

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State Board Delays City Election Results Due to Ballot “Proofing Error”

An error on ballots mailed to voters in Baltimore City's District 1 led to erroneous results because the ballots cannot be counted, the State Board of Elections (SBE) announced today. While the early returns for all of Maryland's jurisdictions began to appear on SBE's website late last night, at about 2 a.m. this morning, the City’s results no longer appeared on the site and were instead marked as “NR” for not reported. The State Board…

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Allegany Commissioners Appoint Interim County Administrator
Allegany County Interim County Administrator and Director of Finance Jason Bennett.
Allegany Commissioners Appoint Interim County Administrator

The Allegany Board of County Commissioners last week appointed the County's Director of Finance Jason M. Bennett, CPA as interim county administrator. Bennett takes the reigns from former County Administrator Brandon Butler, who several weeks ago announced his resignation, effective May 31. Bennett, who has served in Allegany County Government since 2003, serves as the chair of the Board of Trustees that oversees MACo's Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) Investment Trust Fund. In addition, Bennett is…

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Calvert Rolls Out “Calvert St@t” Dashboard

Calvert County's new interactive dashboard tracks department-specific performance measures and provides data to develop targeted action plans and strategies to deliver results for residents. Calvert County today launched "Calvert St@t," a new interactive dashboard that will provide residents with an in-depth look at data on services and operations from all county departments and the Board of County Commissioners. “We are pleased to offer Calvert St@t as a tool to make local government data more readily accessible…

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MDH Launches Campaign to Promote Contact Tracing Awareness

Maryland Department of Health kicks off statewide campaign to educate residents about the importance of contact tracing. The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) today will begin rolling out a new statewide campaign to educate Marylanders about the importance of contact tracing and how it is a vital tool in the fight against the spread of coronavirus. Contact tracing, a core disease control measure employed by public health personnel for decades, is a key strategy for…

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