Non-Recurring School Cost Entries Are Due March 31

A method in state law for identifying one-time school costs ensures that long-term funding mandates remain unaffected by short-term budget bumps, but approval for nonrecurring costs requires application to the State Department of Education, by March 31.  Maryland’s “maintenance of effort” school funding law, enacted by the General Assembly, requires that counties maintain the same amount of funding for education per pupil each year. The maintenance of effort name derives from the concept that a…

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February 24 Board of Public Works Meeting: What Counties Need to Know

The Board of Public Works (BPW) considered and approved the following requests and recommendations in its February 24, 2021 meeting. This is not a comprehensive list of all considerations and approvals during the meeting. Allegany A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $500,000 grant to the Mayor and City Council of the City of Frostburg for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the City Hall…

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Join the NACo National Membership Call, Update on COVID-19 Relief for Counties

Every Maryland County is a member of the National Association of Counties (NACo), and all Maryland County elected officials and staff are invited to join the NACo National Membership Call. WHAT? NACo is hosting a webinar for all NACo members. AGENDA: Join the National Association of Counties tomorrow, for a membership call with the latest updates on COVID-19 relief for counties, and how you can support the effort to secure bipartisan, direct federal aid to counties of…

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MACo Supports Novel Approach to Assist Low-Income Homeowners in Tax Sale

MACo Legislative Director Kevin Kinnally today testified before the House Ways and Means Committee in support of HB 852 Property - Tax Sales - Homeowner Protection Program, a novel approach to assisting low-income homeowners in tax sale, with amendments to urge the Committee to avoid unintended consequences for counties' most effective collection tool. This bill establishes the Homeowner Protection Program, which offers vulnerable homeowners payment assistance, foreclosure mediation, and other services. MACo strongly prefers that homeowners…

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Join NACo and White House Officials for Biweekly COVID-19 Updates on Relief for Counties

Every Maryland County is a member of the National Association of Counties (NACo), and all Maryland County elected officials and staff are invited to join these calls. WHAT? NACo and White House officials are hosting biweekly national member calls on the latest updates on COVID-19 relief and vaccine distribution. AGENDA: NACo is working with President Biden and the 117th Congress to address some of the nation's most pressing challenges affecting counties, including securing bipartisan coronavirus…

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Cecil County Executive Hornberger Announces Budget Town Hall

Cecil County Executive Danielle Hornberger is inviting residents to participate in a virtual public budget forum in advance of the formal fiscal 2022 budget process on February 18, 2021, at 6:00 pm. Residents may participate virtually from their phones or home computers via Zoom. According to a County press release: The meeting will consist of an introduction by the County Executive, a brief presentation on the County’s finances and then comments from Cecil County residents.…

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Maryland Board of Public Works – February 24, 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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Why Are Jail Costs Rising, Even As Crime Rate Falls?

A Governing article examines troubling trends in local correctional costs nationally, including trends that affect Maryland facilities. Crime rates have gone down in recent decades, but facility costs and mandates have prevented the overall spending on local jails from dropping during that same period. A Governing magazine evaluation reaches this, and related conclusions, after reviewing the fiscal status of local jails nationwide: In a report released last month, the Pew Charitable Trusts analyzed local jail…

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House Overrides Hogan’s Veto of Bill to Boost Disparity Grant Program

The House of Delegates today voted to override Governor Larry Hogan's veto of HB 737 - Local Governments - Income Tax Disparity Grants, a bill that would extend enhanced disparity grant funding for counties with proven local income tax effort.  MACo supports this bill, as disparity grant funding provides much-needed revenues to counties with limited revenue generation potential to help fund necessary services such as public safety, schools, infrastructure, and community services. On the final…

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