Administering an Election During the COVID-19 Crisis

The National Association of Counties (NACo) on Wednesday, June 3 will host a webinar to discuss the challenges of navigating an election amid a public health crisis. Here are the details: Administering an Election during the COVID-19 Crisis Date: June 3, 2020 Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Description: This webinar will discuss the challenges of navigating an election in the age of COVID-19. The webinar will include a focus on how states are planning…

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Prince George’s Budget Targets Education, Core Services

Prince George's County Council adopts Balanced $3.7 Billion General Fund Budget; Total FY 21 County Budget $4.48 Billion. In a unanimous vote, the Prince George's County Council yesterday adopted a balanced $3.7 billion operating budget for fiscal 21. The spending plan, which does not include a tax rate increase, applies County reserve funds to fill revenue gaps this year and in the new fiscal year and implements significant spending controls. As previously reported on Conduit…

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Montgomery Extends Deadline for Business Personal Property Tax Payments

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich issued an executive order suspending time requirements for the County’s 2020 business personal property (BPP) tax. The deadline for remitting BPP payments will be extended until after Governor Larry Hogan lifts the statewide state of emergency that has been in place since March. “Businesses in Montgomery County have experienced some tough times in this pandemic,” said County Executive Elrich. “Many have closed, laid-off employees. They have been challenged in so…

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Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the June 2 Primary Election

Maryland's June 2 presidential primary election will be conducted by mail. The process is free, safe, easy, and secure. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Hogan last month ordered Maryland’s presidential primary election be conducted by mail, with limited in-person voting sites across the state. This approach will ensure voters can exercise their fundamental right to vote while also safeguarding the public’s health during this pandemic. The process is free, safe, easy, and secure. Voters…

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Frederick Announces Resumption of Additional Businesses/Activities

Frederick County to lift restrictions on hair salons/barbershops, large retail, and indoor worship with limitations. Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner today announced an expanded list of businesses and activities that will be permitted to open beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 29. With the signing of Executive Order 02-2020, Frederick County has fully implemented the initial portion of Stage 1 of the Governor’s "Roadmap to Recovery" plan. As of 5 p.m. on May 29, the…

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Montgomery to Move Forward With Phase 1 Reopening

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles today announced that the County has achieved critical benchmarks to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and that Phase 1 of the gradual reopening plan will start this Monday, June 1 at 6 a.m. The County plans for an incremental reopening, based on public health data. “This is an important first step,” said County Executive Elrich. “But it is the first step, and restrictions…

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Cecil Announces Grant Program to Support Small Businesses Amid Pandemic

Cecil County Executive Alan McCarthy today introduced Cecil CARES, a new grant program for small businesses. This initiative will support the County’s small businesses, the backbone of the local economy, survive through the COVID-19 pandemic. “I am thoroughly pleased to be able to offer the Cecil CARES grant program to our local, small businesses,” said County Executive McCarthy. “Returning Cecil County to a robust economy where our businesses and community can thrive is one of…

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Howard FY 21 Budget Provides Record Funding for Schools, Libraries, and Community College

The Howard County Council yesterday passed the FY 21 operating and capital budgets. The final vote represents the passage of approximately 98% of County Executive Calvin Ball's proposed operating budget and an approximate 1.2% spending increase from FY 20. This amended budget allows for continuity of County services and fiscally responsible borrowing during economically uncertain times associated with the COVID-19 health crisis. “It has been a challenging few months but in the end, the Council…

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Harford FY 21 Budget Prioritizes Schools and Public Safety, Holds Tax Rates Steady

The Harford County Council yesterday passed a $948 million operating budget that fully funds the board of education’s operating budget — an approximately $20.5 million increase to school funding — and provides record funding for public safety, libraries, and Harford County Community College. The FY 21 budget holds tax rates steady and maintains reserves for fiscal uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. County Executive Barry Glassman intends to revisit the spending plan after the County…

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