Charles Aims to Boost School Funding, Enhance Core Services

Charles County Administrator Mark Belton yesterday presented the County’s proposed fiscal 2022 budget of $449,512,800, an increase of 3.7 percent over last year. The spending plan holds taxes steady, enhances core services, invests in criminal justice and public safety priorities, provides funding for transportation and transit services, and funds community public health outreach initiatives. “I am excited that the proposed fiscal 2022 budget reflects investment in Commissioner priorities,” said County Administrator Belton. “These priorities positively…

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Frederick Budget Proposal Invests in Community Values, Aims to Jump-Start Economy

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner today proposed a fiscal 2022 budget that makes record investments in education and prioritizes health, economic prosperity, and equity. The County Executive's budget holds tax rates steady, fully funds long-term obligations, and protects the County's AAA bond rating. “Our budget should reflect the community’s values,” Executive Gardner said." "This budget funds what matters most. It creates a healthier, stronger, and even better Frederick County. Rise, recover and renew. It is…

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Baltimore County Budget Prioritizes Schools, Equitable Economic Recovery

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today submitted a $4.2 billion budget proposal for fiscal 2022 that provides historic funding for public education and provides major investments in key priorities that will support the County’s ongoing recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “This budget is an investment in our shared future and a better Baltimore County – with stronger schools, vibrant communities, and a thriving economy,” Olszewski said.  “Together we have an opportunity to build on the…

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MD House GOP Caucus Elects New Leadership

The Maryland House Republican Caucus today elected Delegate Jason Buckel (District 1B, Allegany County) and Delegate Christopher Adams (District 37B - Caroline, Talbot, Dorchester, and Wicomico Counties) to serve as House Minority Leader and House Minority Whip. "I am truly humbled to have the support of my Republican colleagues in the House and to be chosen as their leader", said House Minority Leader Jason Buckel. These are 42 of the best people I have met…

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Glassman’s Budget Fully Funds Schools, Invests In Public Safety, Reduces Tax Burden

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman yesterday unveiled his fiscal 2022 budget, which fully funds the board of education’s operating request, provides record funding for public safety and libraries, and eases the property tax burden on homeowners and businesses by adopting the constant yield rate. “Throughout this year Harford County has been resilient despite the pandemic and the state government shutdown of part of our local economy,” County Executive Glassman said in a video outlining his…

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A Quick Guide to the Last Day of Session

As the 2021 session of the Maryland General Assembly comes to a close, MACo thought it would be helpful to offer something of a Q&A to help those seeking to follow last-minute issues as the legislative session winds down. Here, we will try to answer some of the “frequently asked questions” about the terminology and process on what is typically a hectic day in Annapolis. As always, the MACo office is happy to be of…

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General Assembly Passes Bill to Assist Homeowners In Tax Sale

The Maryland General Assembly this week passed HB 852 Property – Tax Sales – Homeowner Protection Program, legislation that contemplates a novel approach to divert homeowners from the private tax lien process into an alternative program to minimize tax collection costs, assist with the payment of overdue taxes, and allow homeowners to remain in their homes. The bill, sponsored by House Ways and Means Committee Chair, Delegate Anne Kaiser, establishes the Homeowner Protection Program, which…

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Calvert Establishes Veterans Affairs Commission

Calvert County will establish a Veterans Affairs Commission to advise the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on programs, policies, and initiatives affecting Calvert County veterans. The BOCC last month unanimously approved the measure to establish the volunteer commission. “Calvert County has strong and proud ties to the military, and we are pleased to establish this commission so that we can better serve those who have served our nation,” said BOCC President Earl F. “Buddy” Hance.…

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General Assembly Streamlines Emergency Management, Continues Support for NG911

The Maryland General Assembly passed SB 658 Maryland Department of Emergency Management – Establishment and Transfer of Maryland 9-1-1 Board, legislation that will elevate the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to the Governor’s cabinet and transfer the Maryland 9-1-1 Board to MEMA. MACo supported the bill, as it will bolster and enhance collaboration, communication, and coordination between the State and county governments in times of crisis, help Maryland continue its movement toward Next Generation 9-1-1…

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