Cecil Has a New Tool to Expand High-Speed Internet Access

In today’s world, internet connectivity is no longer a luxury—it is a necessity. Access to affordable internet, broadband, wireless, and cellular services is an essential component of a county’s economic development and the socio-economic advancements of its residents. Residents benefit from increased economic growth, improved labor market access and outcomes, access to better health care, enhanced civic participation, enriched education opportunities, improved quality of life, and overall competitive and vibrant communities. When Senate Bill 229…

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Anne Arundel Council Approves 2020 Budget

The Anne Arundel County Council on Friday adopted a Fiscal Year 2020 budget that closely mirrors the budget proposed by County Executive Steuart Pittman on May 1. The $1.7 billion operating budget includes increased funding to address critical needs in education, public safety, infrastructure, and environmental enforcement. The FY 20 income tax rate is 2.81% (up from 2.5%) and the FY 20 property tax rate is 93.5 cents per $100 assessed value (up from 90.2…

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Feds Squash SALT Cap Workarounds

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) this week squashed attempts by some states to circumvent the federal cap on the deductibility of state and local taxes (SALT). Tax reform capped SALT deductions at $10,000 – a move of particular import in states like Maryland. In response, some states passed legislation to allow local governments to create charitable funds to pay for local services and offer property tax credits to incentivize…

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Project C.O.R.E. Marks Major Milestone in City’s Fight Against Blight

Governor Larry Hogan and Baltimore City Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young today announced a major milestone in the fight against blight in Baltimore City: the elimination of the 4,000th unit of blight through Project C.O.R.E. (Creating Opportunities for Renewal and Enterprise), a city-state partnership to revitalize Baltimore City. https://twitter.com/mayorbcyoung/status/1139217338090307584 According to a press release: The demolition at the 1700 block of North Bradford Street in Baltimore marked the 4,000th unit of blight released for demolition,…

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Queen Anne’s Passes Volunteer Firefighter Tax Credit

The Queen Anne's County Commissioners this week approved a property tax credit for eligible volunteer firefighters. In order to be eligible for the credit, which will be phased in over five years, fire company volunteers must have maintained active service status for three consecutive years and be a resident property owner of the County. “As a commission, we work together well and keep the future of the county as a priority,” said Commissioner Jack Wilson.…

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Caroline Appoints New Director of Public Works
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Caroline Appoints New Director of Public Works

The Caroline County Commissioners today announced the appointment of Ryan White as the Director of the Department of Public Works. White will be accepting leadership from previous Director Charles Copper, who retired earlier in June. “As a resident of Caroline County for more than 20 years, I’m familiar with the County’s infrastructure and am invested in our community,” said White. “I’m looking forward to bringing everything I’ve learned over my career back to Caroline County.”…

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Cecil Dept of Emergency Services Launches “Ready Cecil” App

The Cecil County Department of Emergency Services (DES) today announced the official launch of the Ready Cecil preparedness mobile application. The app was specifically designed to encourage the residents of Cecil County to be prepared and protect themselves and their loved ones in the case of a disaster. The app includes a module that will help community members create and share personalized family emergency plans and identify and gather the necessary supplies. Residents will be…

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Danielle McCray Sworn in as New City Council Member

Danielle McCray yesterday was officially sworn in as the new District 2 City Council member, filling the seat vacated by Brandon Scott when he became council president. https://twitter.com/mayorbcyoung/status/1138519088492371968 https://twitter.com/kimdaceywbal/status/1138511050633093120 McCray, 34, emerged from a field of 22 candidates who applied for the position. A 13-member Vacancy Nominating Committee made up of current council members and community leaders from the 2nd district recommended her for the position. According to The Baltimore Sun: "I’m honored to be…

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Carroll to Brief Community on Code, Commissioner, and Charter Forms of Local Government

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners (BOC) will host a forum to inform county residents on the three types of local government in Maryland. The panel will be held Tuesday, June 11, 2019; at 7:00 PM in Room K100 at Carroll Community College. In January 2019, the commissioners chose to investigate and learn about code home rule and charter forms of government (Carroll currently operates under a commission form of government). This educational forum marks…

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