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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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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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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Montgomery Council Introduces Bill to Prohibit School Resource Officers

The Montgomery County Council introduced Bill 46-20, which would prohibit the Montgomery County Police Department from deploying School Resource Officers (SROs) to Montgomery County Public Schools. Montgomery County Councilmembers Will Jawando and Hans Riemer are the lead sponsors for this proposed legislation. A school resource officer is a sworn uniformed law officer trained in emergency preparedness, crisis management, community policing concepts and problem solving who is assigned to work as a liaison to Montgomery County Public…

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Montgomery Council Approves Growth and Infrastructure Policy, Ends Building Moratorium

Yesterday, the Montgomery County Council approved the 2020-2024 Growth and Infrastructure Policy, formerly known as the Subdivision Staging Policy to support necessary infrastructure and new development. The policy ends the County's residential building moratorium at the end of this year, and incorporates several smart growth actions. Included in the policy are changes related to schools, transportation and taxes. The Council voted to eliminate the countywide development moratorium and replace it with a three-tiered Utilization Premium…

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Calvert Dedicates CARES Funds to Rental & Mortgage Assistance

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners this week approved $300,000 in funding to provide low-barrier aid to help tenants and homeowners avoid eviction and foreclosure. The Department of Community Resources will oversee the relief fund. The program uses available funds received through the Maryland Coronavirus Relief Fund, established under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. According to a County press release: Households must apply for aid before Dec. 15, 2020 to receive…

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CARES Funds: A Guide for Local Leaders

Tyler Technologies, a National Association of Counties (NACo) Premier Corporate Partner, on Thursday, November 19 will host a free webinar for local leaders and experts to share scalable, replicable ways in which cities and counties have used CARES act funds to strengthen their communities and create more resilient and responsive local government services amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Attendees will learn how their peers are using technology in new ways to facilitate remote work, interact with…

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As COVID-19 Surges, Hogan Pushes for New Round of Federal Stimulus

Governor Larry Hogan today wrote to the members of Maryland’s congressional delegation urging them to work with their leaders to deliver additional COVID-19 stimulus relief. “With the election behind us, much-needed additional stimulus relief is more urgent and achievable than ever,” wrote Governor Hogan.“ The fall surge of COVID-19 will continue to place enormous strain on both our healthcare system and our economy. On behalf of all Marylanders, I urge you to set aside partisan…

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Fitch Affirms Carroll’s AAA Bond Rating

Fitch Ratings this week assigned AAA ratings to the following Carroll County general obligation (GO) bonds: $29.4 million consolidated public improvement and refunding bonds of 2020 (Series A) $25.3 million taxable refunding bonds of 2020(Series B) The GO bonds are backed by the County’s full faith and credit pledge and its unlimited taxing power, for which the County is empowered and directed to levy unlimited ad valorem taxes. The Rating Outlook is Stable. In addition,…

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