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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Comptroller’s Office Earns GFOA Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) recently awarded the Maryland Comptroller's Office with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. “I’m exceedingly proud of the fact that, for the 40th consecutive year, the Maryland Comptroller's Office has been recognized for excellence in financial reporting, one of the core functions of our agency,” Comptroller Peter Franchot said. “This award underscores a commitment to transparency and accountability as we…

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Queen Anne’s Names New Director of Planning and Zoning

Queen Anne’s County last week named Amy Moredock as director of Planning and Zoning. Moredock, who has been a professional planner in Maryland for almost 20 years. previously served as the County's Principal Long Range Planner. As director of Planning and Zoning, Moredock will be responsible for providing vision and management leadership for the County's role in community planning, land planning, design management, project review, building code review, inspections, and enforcement. “Please join us in…

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Maryland Finishes in Top Ten for Census Response Rate

Federal data ranks Maryland with the ninth highest response rate in the nation, Governor Larry Hogan announced that last week. More than 2.2 million households were counted, representing a total of 99.9 percent of the state’s population. Carroll County led the state with a self-response rate of 81.5%, ranking 24th in the U.S. out of more than 3,200 counties. Twenty-one of Maryland’s 24 counties exceeded their 2010 self-response rate. “Our administration is proud that even…

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Reminder: Anne Arundel Childcare Provider Grants Still Available

The Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC) is still taking applications from center and at home childcare providers for grants of up to $50,000 to cover operating expenses amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Providers with lower-than-expected enrollment can use the grants to cover expenses such as rent, payroll, utilities, personal protective equipment, ensuring sanitary physical spaces, and implementing online communications and learning.  The amount of the grant will be determined by the size of the business…

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Fitch Affirms Calvert’s AAA Rating in Advance of $42 Million Bond Sale

Fitch Ratings this week affirmed Calvert County’s AAA bond rating in advance of the County's upcoming competitive bond sale. Fitch Ratings assigned a AAA rating to the following Calvert County general obligation (GO) bonds: $20.3 million consolidated public improvement and refunding bonds, 2020 series (tax-exempt) $21.7 million refunding bonds, 2020 (taxable) The bonds are scheduled for competitive sale on October 22. The proceeds will be used to finance certain public improvements and to refund certain…

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Comcast to Expand Broadband Service in Cecil

Cecil County Government and the Maryland Governor’s Office of Rural Broadband announced today that Comcast has begun a network expansion project to extend broadband service to more than 61 addresses in Cecil County. In addition to high-speed internet service, residential customers in the expansion area will have access to all Xfinity services, including the Xfinity X1 video platform, Xfinity Home, Xfinity Voice, and Xfinity Mobile. Comcast has already commenced with the detailed engineering and preparation…

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St. Mary’s Health Department to Offer Free Drive-Thru Flu Vaccines

The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) is partnering with St. Mary's County Public Schools to offer free drive-thru flu vaccine clinics for children between the ages of 3 and 18 years old. In order to be eligible for the program, children must be residents of St. Mary’s County, although they do not need to be enrolled in the public school system. According to a joint press release: Advance registration is required at www.marylandvax.org in order…

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