New State Website On Local COVID Education Relief Up and Running

The Maryland State Department of Education launched a website dedicated to Local Education Agency (LEA) reported spending of federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) pandemic resources.  As part of its "commitment to fiscal stewardship and transparency," the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) published today a statewide website about Local Education Agency (LEA)-reported spending of federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) pandemic resources. According to a press release: The…

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Baltimore City Unanimously Passes $4 Billion Operating and Capital Budget

In a unanimous vote, the Baltimore City Council passed Mayor Brandon Scott’s operating and capital budget. The City’s budget for fiscal 2023 totals $4.11 billion, including $3.32 billion for operating expenses and $792.6 million for capital investment. The fiscal 2023 budget reflects the Scott Administration’s key priorities outlined in the Mayor’s Action Plan. It includes a groundbreaking $57 million increase to the City’s investment in City Schools as part of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future,…

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June 22 Board of Public Works Meeting: Here’s What Counties Need to Know

The Board of Public Works (BPW) — a three-member panel including Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and State Treasurer Dereck Davis — reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies, many of which affect county governments. The BPW considered and approved the following requests and recommendations at its meeting on June 22, 2022: Anne Arundel County A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $100,000 grant to the Board of Directors…

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Wicomico Budget Aims to Bolster Core Services

The Wicomico County Council passed a $173 million fiscal 2023 budget that focuses on the County’s core services, such as education, public safety, health, and infrastructure. The budget increases funding for volunteer fire and EMS companies by $1.3 million and includes a length of service awards system to assist with recruiting and retaining members. In addition, funding for the Board of Education Maintenance of Effort will increase by $260,000 and provide $1 Million to bolster…

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New Report Details FY ’23 State Education Aid to Local Governments

The Maryland Department of Legislative Services (DLS) recently released its annual report detailing state aid to local governments for fiscal year 2023. State education funding to local jurisdictions is one of the topics discussed in the report. Highlights State aid for education to local governments increases across the board for fiscal year 2023. The majority of State education aid falls into one of three categories. General Education Aid General Education Aid provides a minimum level of operating…

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Anne Arundel Passes Budget: Taxpayer Savings, Record Investments in Schools, Parks, Public Safety

In a bipartisan vote, the Anne Arundel County Council approved County Executive Steuart Pittman’s fiscal 2023 budget, including taxpayer savings alongside record investments in education, public safety, and parks. The fiscal 2023 budget includes a tax cut that lowers the income tax rate on the first $50,000 of taxable income for every taxpayer while setting the property tax rate further below the cap than ever in the County’s history. In addition, the budget will grow…

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Board of Public Works: June 22 Meeting Agenda

The Board of Public Works — a three-member panel including Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and State Treasurer Dereck Davis — reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies, many of which affect county governments. It typically convenes on alternating Wednesdays in the Governor’s Reception Room on the 2nd floor of the State House in Annapolis, and meetings are open to the public. The Board’s next meeting is Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at…

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Worcester Budget Invests in Infrastructure, Public Safety, Schools, Other Essential Services

The Worcester County Commissioners approved a nearly $227 million fiscal 2023 operating budget that prioritizes schools, public safety, infrastructure, and other essential services -- without raising local income or property rates. The approved budget reflects an increase of $10.4 million (five percent) over the current year's budget while reducing the requested expenditures of $229.6 million by $2.7 million. The fiscal 2023 budget maintains the real property tax rate of 84.5¢ per $100 of assessed value…

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Harford Expands Children’s Summer Food Program

Harford County, the Maryland Department of Human Services’ Family Investment Administration (DHS/FIA), and the Harford County Department of Social Services have partnered to bring additional Summer Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to at least 9,833 children. The county's investment of $828,740 ensures more low-income families will get help paying for groceries this summer through the state- and federally-run program. Summer SNAP is intended to help families feed their children when school nutrition programs cease…

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Summer #MACoCon Details Are Here – View the Registration Brochure!

MACo's Summer Conference is scheduled for August 17-20, 2022, and will be FULLY IN PERSON at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Registration is open, and the full schedule and session details are now available! Register today for MACo’s Summer Conference, themed “Taking Care of Business.” Our society continues to grapple with the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. While public health and safety remain the top priority, county government leaders are also exploring…

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