Howard to Host First FY 22 Resident’s Budget Hearing

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball will hold his first Resident’s Budget Hearing for the FY 22 budget cycle on Wednesday, December 9 at 6:00 pm. This year’s budget hearing will be held virtually and can be watched live from the County Council’s streaming website. "This year has been unprecedented in many ways, and our upcoming budget season will be no exception. The ongoing pandemic has caused serious economic consequences and challenges for our fiscal outlook,"…

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MACo Thanks Natasha Mehu, Pursuing New Opportunities

Natasha Mehu, Esq. MACo congratulates Natasha Mehu, who after nearly seven years with MACo will pursue exciting new professional opportunities. A visible and outgoing leader of MACo's ever-present policy team, Natasha Mehu will be leaving this month to pursue other professional opportunities. Ms. Mehu has led MACo's policy team as Legislative Director, and has worked most closely with the Maryland Association of County Health Officers, the Maryland Correctional Administrators Association, and most recently MACo's County…

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Police Body Camera Task Force Reviews Proposed Recommendations

Task Force members walked through a seven-page document of recommendations each member and prior presenters thought prudent to have addressed in relation to use and economic storage of police body worn cameras.  The document reviewed by the Task Force at the November 19, 2020 meeting was a compilation of the top three recommendations each of the stakeholders chose to submit for consideration. Task Force members that submitted recommendations included: Delegate Jazz Lewis, Delegate David Moon, Senator…

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Comptroller to Unemployment Insurance Recipients: Prepare for Higher Tax Bill

Comptroller Peter Franchot is urging Maryland taxpayers who are collecting unemployment insurance to plan for the potential loss of Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) that they would normally receive. The EITC is a benefit for people with low-to-moderate-incomes. Taxpayers who meet all of the federal requirements may be eligible for a Maryland credit up to half of the federal EITC, but not greater than the state income tax. While unemployment insurance is taxable, it is…

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Data Transparency and Accountability Experts Sign On as Resource for Maryland Counties

The Maryland Association of Counties is proud to welcome OpenGov to our Corporate Partner Program! MACo's Corporate Partners are industry experts and leaders in their fields. They serve as resources to enhance the work of county government, providing insight and cost-saving solutions. OpenGov is the leader in modern cloud ERP software for our nation’s cities, counties, and state agencies. “Public sector leaders all want to embrace transparency and public input. OpenGov has a history of…

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Fun Fact: One of the World’s Oldest Railroad Bridges Is in Maryland – Where Is It?

Located over the Gwynns Falls stream near Carroll Park in southwest Baltimore, the Carrollton Viaduct is the first stone masonry arch bridge built for railroad use in the United States for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and is currently one of the oldest railroad bridges still in use in the world. Photo courtesy of Maryland Historical Trust The bridge was named in honor of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, the last living signer of the Declaration…

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Howard Announces CARES Act Spending Dashboard

Howard County announced the launch of a dashboard that will track spending of its allocated CARES Act funding. The dashboard will track the County's actual and projected spending as the December 30 federal deadline for expending funds approaches. From the press release: “We believe it’s imperative that the federal government act to provide an additional round of stimulus funding to local governments as we endure another spike in cases,” said Ball. “We are confident that…

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How Can Counties Reduce Risk and Improve Results? Develop a Data & Analytics Strategy

Don’t miss MACo’s Winter Series session on improving your data and analytics strategies! MACo’s Winter Series includes content directly aimed at solving common governance and administrative challenges. Developing a strong data and analytics strategy is just one of the challenges facing local governments. Moser Consulting, a MACo Bronze Corporate Partner, will host a pre-recorded session on their strategies and how you can use them for your county. Register for MACo’s Winter Series to attend the…

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Charles Pursues Establishing Resilience Authority

Charles County is moving forward with plans to create a resilience authority.  The Charles County Commissioners will hold a public hearing in December to consider legislation to create the Resilience Authority of Charles County. Legislation passed during the 2020 General Assembly Session with MACo's support that enables local governments to form resilience authorities to aid in the financing of resilience infrastructure projects. As many communities across the State struggle with the impacts of sea level…

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Ag Preservation and Program Open Space: State Agencies Brief Committee

Today, the Joint Subcommittee on Program Open Space and Agricultural Land Preservation was briefed by State agencies on a variety of land use topics.  Representatives from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA), and the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) were on hand to provide updates. The presentations focused on the status of land acquisition and preservation, as well as the impacts of the pandemic on agriculture and parks. MDA…

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