Baltimore County Pledges $1.3 Million to Nonprofits

Baltimore County is releasing $1.3 million in grants to nonprofit partners responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency or its economic impacts in Baltimore County. Funding for the grant program is through the County's allocation of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski explained the importance of supporting Baltimore County's nonprofit partners in a press release: 'Our nonprofit organizations play a critical role in Baltimore County communities, working as boots on the ground…

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HUD Setting Aside $365 Million to Tackle Homelessness

On Wednesday, June 22nd, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released approximately $365 million in funding to assist the unsheltered homeless population and address homeless encampments. Under the funding package, counties can receive three-year Continuum of Care Program grants totaling $322 million. These grants will assist with homeless outreach, permanent housing, supportive services, and other costs as part of a comprehensive community approach to solving unsheltered homelessness. In addition, rural counties may be eligible for funding from…

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Fitch Affirms St. Mary’s AA+ Bond Rating

Fitch Ratings assigned an AA+ rating to St. Mary’s County’s 2022 series of general obligation bonds, deeming its fiscal outlook stable. The AA+ rating keeps borrowing costs low for capital projects and reflects the County’s sound fiscal policies, prudent long-range planning, and robust economy. In addition, Fitch affirmed the County’s AA+ Issuer Default Rating (IDR) and the AA+ rating on outstanding GO bonds. On July 26, the County will sell $30 million of consolidated public…

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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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