American Rescue Plan Put to Action at #MACoCon

As we begin the long-term recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, local governments are looking to make smart investments with the American Rescue Plan funding they receive. Join us at the 2021 Summer MACo conference for a deep dive on ARPA funding, sponsored by NORESCO. American Rescue Plan Put to Action The American Rescue Plan Act includes unprecedented direct and flexible aid for states and local governments to mitigate the fiscal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.…

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St. Mary’s Launches Program to Incentivize Commercial Revitalization

St. Mary’s County this week announced a new program to stimulate and incentivize investment in commercial real property by providing tax relief to commercial property owners. The "Property Tax Challenge" program aims to spur renovations and upgrades to commercial properties in targeted areas by allowing owners to pay taxes based on the property’s pre-renovation value rather than the higher assessment triggered by the upgrades. Under the program, commercial property owners in targeted areas who invest…

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Speaker Jones Wants Cannabis on 2022 Ballot, Announces Workgroup

Speaker of the House Adrienne Jones last week announced support for a referendum to legalize cannabis on the 2022 General Election ballot.  “While I have personal concerns about encouraging marijuana use, particularly among children and young adults, the disparate criminal justice impact leads me to believe that the voters should have a say in the future of legalization,” said Speaker Jones. “The House will pass legislation early next year to put this question before the…

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Counties Submit Comments on Treasury’s Interim Final Rule for Fiscal Recovery Fund

The National Association of Counties (NACo) last week submitted comments on the US Department of the Treasury’s Interim Final Rule (IFR) for the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund established under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Since the enactment of the ARPA, counties have been working hard to develop implementation plans that will help spur an equitable economic recovery across the nation. Local governments are using these critical recovery funds to invest in…

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State COVID Emergency: Still on Target for Mid-August Full Phase-Out

Despite some potentially confusing wording and actions, the full phase-out of the State's declared COVID emergency remains on track for August 15. In June, the Governor announced his intention to end the COVID emergency declaration, and cited a 45-day period for an orderly resumption of timetables and provisions related to the emergency itself. See coverage on Conduit Street: While Marylanders are still encouraged to get vaccinated and to maintain sensible behavior, the State of Maryland…

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Following 90-Day Extension, State Income Taxes Due Tomorrow, July 15

Taxpayers can set up payment plans if unable to pay the full amount. Comptroller Peter Franchot reminds taxpayers that Maryland state income taxes are due tomorrow, July 15, after a 90-day filing and payment extension, which was the most generous in the nation. "Many Marylanders were hit hard by the pandemic, so extending the deadline was the compassionate and commonsense thing to do," Comptroller Franchot said. "If you're unable to pay what you owe, our…

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Anne Arundel Asks for Community Input On ARPA Funds

Survey seeks community guidance on investing funds to create economic opportunities and promote health and wellness initiatives. Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman today announced a community survey to help guide the County’s use of federal Fiscal Recovery Funds authorized under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which provides a total of $65.1 billion in flexible, direct funding to every county in America. “I want to thank residents, nonprofit leaders, and other stakeholders for their…

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Dollars and Sense: Budgeting in a Post-COVID World

MACo’s Summer Conference is coming up August 18-21, 2021, and is completely IN-PERSON at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Join us for insightful and beneficial sessions focusing on local government challenges and priorities. As counties determine how to invest ARPA State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to foster a swift and equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, they face the risk that spending will increase to levels that will prove impossible to…

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Montgomery Office of Procurement Earns NACo Achievement Award

The Montgomery County Office of Procurement won a National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award in the category of Information Technology for the DPO Violation E-Notification and Response System. The Office of Procurement has received seven NACo awards in the last 10 years. The Direct Purchase Order (DPO) Violation E-Notification and Response System, launched in November 2020, is a user-friendly, web-based tool that identifies and notifies department directors and County employees that have created direct…

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New Tools in the Toolbox for Financing Resilience

Flexible, efficient ways to fund resilience infrastructure projects can help counties diversify resources while achieving the important goals associated with these projects. MACo's Summer Conference, coming up August 18-21, will address this issue in a session on resilience funding tools. Financing Resilience: New Tools in the Toolbox Description: Financing climate resilience efforts can be daunting, but thankfully there are several new tools for counties looking to mitigate the impacts of increased precipitation, sea-level rise, flooding,…

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