Join NACo Monday for a Federal Policy Update

The National Association of Counties (NACo) on Monday, September 21, will host a national membership call to update counties on the latest information regarding the next potential COVID-19 relief package and other timely topics, including FEMA disaster assistance and the U.S. Treasury’s Coronavirus Relief Fund. The bipartisan congressional Problem Solvers Caucus this week introduced the “March to Common Ground” framework for the next possible coronavirus relief package, which includes additional aid for counties to address…

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Baltimore County Announces New Childcare and Academic Support Initiatives

Yesterday, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski and Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams announced two new initiatives — Childcare Subsidies and Academic Support Centers. Olszewski announced that the County has allocated up to $7 million to provide childcare subsidies. Qualifying families with children ages 5 to 12 will receive $250 per week per child to cover the cost of care at any childcare provider licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education…

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MACo Announces 2021 Legislative Initiatives

MACo to prioritize county budget security, elections, broadband access, and public health support in the 2021 session.  MACo’s Legislative Committee voted at the September 16, 2020 meeting to adopt the Association’s four priorities for the 2021 Maryland General Assembly Session. These issues cover a broad range of important county concerns that MACo will proactively advocate for in front of the General Assembly. DEFEND COUNTY BUDGET SECURITY The State and Counties together face an unprecedented public…

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Feds Award Washington County $8M to Hire More Firefighters

Washington County today announced that its Division of Emergency Services has been awarded an $8,080,776 grant to pay for 33 additional career firefighter positions, which will reduce response times and enhance firefighter and public safety throughout the County. The grant is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program. "On behalf of the entire Board of County Commissioners for Washington County, MD, I extend our sincere…

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Montgomery Seeks Community Input on Local Spending Priorities

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich tonight will host the first in a series of virtual budget forums aimed at providing opportunities for residents to learn about the budget process and provide input on local spending priorities. There will be a total of five regional forums on the County's Capital Budget/Capital Improvements Program (CIP) and two forums on the County's Operating Budget. “I am hopeful that our virtual format will allow more residents to participate in…

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U.S. Senate Kills “Skinny” COVID-19 Relief Package, Path Forward Remains Unclear

The United States Senate failed Thursday to advance a targeted COVID-19 relief package, dampening the prospects that Congress will pass another round of much-needed financial relief to mitigate the economic and health care crises. The legislation, Delivering Immediate Relief to America’s Families, Schools, and Small Businesses Act, would have provided $500 billion in federal spending and loans, but also contained offsets in the form of rescissions of hundreds of billions in unspent funding authorized under…

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State Revenues Exceed Expectations, But Economic Uncertainty Looms

General Fund revenues in fiscal 2020 totaled $18.634 billion, an increase of 2.4% ($435.1 million) over FY 2019, and 0.5% ($102.2 million) below the March estimate. Personal and corporate income tax revenue exceeded expectations, while sales and use tax revenue came in lower than expected. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced that as the State closes out fiscal 2020, General Fund revenues totaled $18.634 billion, an increase of 2.4% ($435.1 million) over FY 2019, and…

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New Record: Montgomery Earns 50th Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Montgomery County earned a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for its 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The County has received this award 50 times since 1951 and for 48 consecutive years since 1972 – more than any other County in the nation. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and represents a significant accomplishment by…

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