DLS Releases Final FY20 Two-Year Charts Detailing State Aid

Wondering what’s in the State’s fiscal 2020 operating budget for your county? The Department of Legislative Services (DLS) has crunched the numbers for you – and even compares them to fiscal 2019. Find the latest two State Aid reports here: Two-year Charts by Governmental Entity (Summarizes all counties on one-page) Two-year Charts by Program (Detailed listing of State aid programs – two page summary for each county) Allegany Anne Arundel Baltimore City Baltimore County Calvert Caroline Carroll…

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Montgomery Budget Proposal Focuses on Schools, Transportation, Economic Development

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich recently submitted his first budget proposal to the Montgomery County Council. The total FY 20 budget request is $5.723 billion in all funds, with a 2.3 percent increase in tax-supported dollars. County Executive Elrich's plan dedicates $2.65 billion to Montgomery County public schools, a $51 million increase from this year’s budget, allocates funding to implement economic development grant agreements for retention and expansion of jobs and business activities that will…

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Harford Budget Proposal: Holds Line on Taxes, Funds County Priorities

Harford County Executive Glassman Announces Fiscal Year 20 Budget: Record Investments in Education and Public Safety; No Tax Increases Harford County Executive Barry Glassman this week released his fiscal year 2020 budget proposal, which includes record-level funding for education and public safety, without raising tax rates. The spending plan totals $903,164,125 and is subject to the approval of the Harford County Council. According to County Executive Glassman: “In this first budget of my second term,…

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Baltimore County Budget Seeks Record Investments in Education

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Jr. this week submitted his 2020 budget proposal, prioritizing quality education, economic opportunity, sustainability, healthy and safe communities, and transparent and accountable government. The $3.4 billion budget addresses a structural shortfall while ensuring that the County maintains its AAA bond rating. More than $1.8 billion of the entire operating budget, supports public schools, libraries and the Community College of Baltimore County. The operating budget includes a 2% COLA (Cost-of-Living Adjustment)…

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Unveiling Your County Budget… Through Social Media

Frederick County heavily used social media to unveil its budget - is there a messaging lesson here for county governments? This time of year, every county goes through its annual budget process. It can be tiring, tedious, and taxing -- many see budgeting as an exercise in mathematics, a frustrating problem of scarce resources. Can your county find ways to communicate about neighborhoods, priorities, and goals, rather than dollars and cents? Frederick County's budget roll-out,…

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2019 End of Session Wrap-Up: State Operating Budget

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s work in the area of State budget policy in the 2019 General Assembly.  County governments receive support through multiple state operating budget programs, and shifts in the State's budget can affect county governments in various ways. MACo seeks county budget security through maintenance of current state funding levels, and new funding programs and enhancements in areas of growth and need. This year, reviving county health department funding,…

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Cecil Budget Proposal: Holds Line on Taxes, Funds Priorities

Cecil County Executive Dr. Alan McCarthy on Friday presented the Proposed Operating and Capital Budget for Fiscal Year 2020.  The administration will introduce the budget to Council on Tuesday, April 2 for their review over the next two months. According to a press release: Dr. McCarthy identified projected General Fund revenue of $202,888,312 along with a distribution of expenditures totaling the same amount to ensure a balanced budget. Roughly ninety one percent (91%) of the revenue…

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Conduit Street Podcast: “Spring Cleaning” Policy Roundup

MACo has made the podcast available through both iTunes and Google Play Music by searching Conduit Street Podcast. You can also listen on our Conduit Street blog with a recap and link to the podcast. You can listen to previous episodes of the Conduit Street Podcast on our website. Useful Links Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Budget Conferees Reach Compromise on Spending Plan Previous Conduit Street Coverage: County and Legislative Leaders Push for Build to Learn Act Previous Conduit Street Coverage: $15…

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Conduit Street Podcast: Major Issues Mashup

MACo has made the podcast available through both iTunes and Google Play Music by searching Conduit Street Podcast. You can also listen on our Conduit Street blog with a recap and link to the podcast. You can listen to previous episodes of the Conduit Street Podcast on our website. Useful Links Previous Conduit Street Coverage: $15 Minimum Wage Bill Heading to Governor Hogan Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Passage of Clean Energy Jobs Act Likely, But Maybe Not This Year Previous Conduit…

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Regional Schools Bill Moves with MACo Amendment

A bill that would allow school boards to create regional schools through local agreements has passed the Maryland Senate with a friendly amendment to clarify that county governments must also approve the agreements. Maryland county governments are partners in school construction with the State, together funding the many construction and renovation projects that support K-12 public education.   County governments are consistently open to innovative approaches to addressing student education needs and supported Senator Hester's…

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