Charles Aims to Boost School Funding, Enhance Core Services

Charles County Administrator Mark Belton yesterday presented the County’s proposed fiscal 2022 budget of $449,512,800, an increase of 3.7 percent over last year. The spending plan holds taxes steady, enhances core services, invests in criminal justice and public safety priorities, provides funding for transportation and transit services, and funds community public health outreach initiatives. “I am excited that the proposed fiscal 2022 budget reflects investment in Commissioner priorities,” said County Administrator Belton. “These priorities positively…

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Frederick Budget Proposal Invests in Community Values, Aims to Jump-Start Economy

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner today proposed a fiscal 2022 budget that makes record investments in education and prioritizes health, economic prosperity, and equity. The County Executive's budget holds tax rates steady, fully funds long-term obligations, and protects the County's AAA bond rating. “Our budget should reflect the community’s values,” Executive Gardner said." "This budget funds what matters most. It creates a healthier, stronger, and even better Frederick County. Rise, recover and renew. It is…

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Baltimore County Budget Prioritizes Schools, Equitable Economic Recovery

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today submitted a $4.2 billion budget proposal for fiscal 2022 that provides historic funding for public education and provides major investments in key priorities that will support the County’s ongoing recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “This budget is an investment in our shared future and a better Baltimore County – with stronger schools, vibrant communities, and a thriving economy,” Olszewski said.  “Together we have an opportunity to build on the…

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2021 End of Session Wrap-Up: Information Technology

An overview of MACo's advocacy on information technology issues in the 2021 General Assembly.  Information technology is a growing area of importance for MACo as county governments rely on computer systems of increasing sophistication for a widening scope of operations - including public safety applications, open government portals, billing functions, and emergency alert systems used during major natural and man-made emergencies. As county use of information technology evolves, cybersecurity and protection of resident data rise…

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2021 End of Session Wrap-Up: School Construction & Capital Budget

An overview of MACo's advocacy on school construction and capital budget legislation in the 2021 General Assembly.  County Governments partner with the State of Maryland to fund school construction projects throughout Maryland. K-12 school renovation and construction projects make up a substantial portion of any county's capital budget, and the needs of Maryland students are consistently a high priority. This year the Maryland General Assembly conducted a legislative session unlike any other due to the…

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2021 End of Session Wrap-Up: Finance and Procurement

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo's work in the area of finance and procurement policy in the 2021 General Assembly.  This year the Maryland General Assembly conducted a legislative session unlike any other due to the enduring COVID-19 pandemic. The unique circumstances surrounding the 442nd legislative session, including necessary health and safety measures, posed a challenge for lawmakers and advocates alike. Despite the unusual circumstances, MACo’s advocacy still led to more positive…

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2021 End of Session Wrap-Up: Taxes and Revenues

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo's work in the area of tax policy in the 2021 General Assembly.  The General Assembly routinely considers proposals to change tax structures, often seeking to stimulate economic growth, encourage beneficial activities, or attract and retain residents. These proposals often are focused exclusively on the state's tax structure, but sometimes extend to local revenues as well. In general, MACo stands for local self-determination. Counties, led by their…

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Glassman’s Budget Fully Funds Schools, Invests In Public Safety, Reduces Tax Burden

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman yesterday unveiled his fiscal 2022 budget, which fully funds the board of education’s operating request, provides record funding for public safety and libraries, and eases the property tax burden on homeowners and businesses by adopting the constant yield rate. “Throughout this year Harford County has been resilient despite the pandemic and the state government shutdown of part of our local economy,” County Executive Glassman said in a video outlining his…

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Maryland Board of Public Works – April 21, 2021 Agenda

Maryland’s Board of Public Works (BPW) reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies – many of which have an effect on county governments. The BPW is composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot. It meets on alternating Wednesdays and the meetings are open to the public. The meeting will be held in Governor’s Reception Room on the 2nd floor of the State House in Annapolis. Note: In light of the COVID-19 epidemic,…

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General Assembly Passes Bill to Assist Homeowners In Tax Sale

The Maryland General Assembly this week passed HB 852 Property – Tax Sales – Homeowner Protection Program, legislation that contemplates a novel approach to divert homeowners from the private tax lien process into an alternative program to minimize tax collection costs, assist with the payment of overdue taxes, and allow homeowners to remain in their homes. The bill, sponsored by House Ways and Means Committee Chair, Delegate Anne Kaiser, establishes the Homeowner Protection Program, which…

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