Cecil Exec Hornberger’s Budget Includes Property Tax Cut

Cecil County Executive Danielle Hornberger this week released her fiscal 2022 budget. The County Executive's proposed budget is fully balanced, cuts property tax rates, protects the County's AA+ bond rating, preserves reserve funds, and maintains high-level services for the residents of Cecil County. “I am proud to introduce a budget that is balanced, provides a property tax cut to residents and businesses, and funds the services that are critical to our County’s growth and our…

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President Biden Unveils $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

President Joe Biden this week unveiled an ambitious, $2 trillion infrastructure proposal that aims to make massive investments in America's roadways, bridges, public transit, ports, and airports. "The American Jobs Plan will invest in America in a way we have not invested since we built the interstate highways and won the Space Race," said President Biden in a press release. The plan includes $115 billion to address crumbling roads and bridges, chosen by those in most…

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State Answers MACo’s Call to Restore Cuts to County Disparity Grants

The State will restore $10.2 million in veto-driven cuts to the Disparity Grant program - which promotes fiscal equity by providing noncategorical state aid to less affluent counties with proven local income tax effort. The funding is part of a bipartisan budget agreement to allocate more than $3.9 billion in federal funding that the State expects to receive through the American Rescue Plan Act. As previously reported on Conduit Street, MACo, along with several counties…

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April Is National County Government Month

National County Government Month (NCGM), held each April, is an annual celebration of county government. Since 1991, the National Association of Counties (NACo) has encouraged counties to actively promote the services and programs they offer. NACo's NCGM resources provide a host of tools and ideas to highlight innovative programs and raise public awareness and understanding about the bevy of services counties provide each and every day for communities across Maryland. According to the National Association…

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Frederick Expands Mobile Crisis Services

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner today announced the expansion of an innovative program that provides residents with mobile crisis services. The Mobile Crisis Services team brings social workers, counselors, and other specialists to people suffering from substance abuse, homelessness, or mental health concerns. Starting this week, Mobile Crisis Services are available seven days a week, 12 hours a day for adults, and 24 hours a day for children. Frederick County Health Department’s Behavioral Health Services…

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Baltimore County Announces Fair Election Fund Work Group

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced the Fair Election Fund Work Group, which will make recommendations to the Baltimore County Council on the creation and implementation of a public financing system for County Council and County Executive candidates in the 2026 election cycle. “The volume of one’s voice should never depend on the size of their wallet. I thank all the members of this group for their help in tackling the influence of special interests…

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Bill to Remove Administrative Burden in Property Tax Collection Moving in Senate

A bill to repeal the state processing fee for filing articles of dissolution and certificates of cancellation has passed the House of Delegates and looks to be on track to advance from the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. MACo supports HB 647 Corporations and Associations – Fees for Processing Articles of Dissolution, Certificates of Cancellation, and Other Documents – Repeal., as county governments expend significant time and resources on fruitless and administratively burdensome attempts to collect…

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Anne Arundel Names New Superintendent of Detention Facilities

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman today announced that Christopher Klein will be the new Superintendent of Detention Facilities, beginning April 12, 2021. Mr. Klein is an established corrections professional with 24 years of experience in the administration, planning, and operations of both correctional systems and safety and homeland security agencies. Since 2017, he has served as deputy principal assistant of the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security, and before that was the Chief…

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