Howard County Creates Opioid Collaborative Community Council

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball has signed an Executive Order creating an Opioid Collaborative Community Council. The Community Council will assist in determining priorities for how Howard County should use funds received through a National Settlement Agreement with opioid manufacturers and any future settlements. The Council is charged with making recommendations to the Fiscal Year 2024 budget on or before June 30, 2023, with final findings made on or before July 31, 2024. "Opioid manufacturers…

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Carroll County Commissioners Elect Officers

On January 26, during Open Session, the recently sworn-in 62nd Carroll County Board of Commissioners (BOC) elected new officers for a term of one year. Effective immediately, the officers are: President - Commissioner Edward C. Rothstein, District 5 Vice President - Commissioner Kenneth A. Kiler, District 2 The BOC also voted to hold officer elections each year in December. Open Session meetings are available for viewing on the county meeting portal and the county YouTube channel. In addition, all meetings…

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Frederick Unveils Next Steps Toward More Inclusive Work Environment

Frederick County Executive Jessica Fitzwater today announced a series of actions designed to make Frederick County Government a welcoming place where all employees feel valued and have the opportunity to reach their full potential. The actions are in response to a 2022 survey, which gauged employees’ experiences related to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Survey results identified a need for training and for updated policies and procedures. “My top priority is to ensure that everyone…

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Washington County Picks up the PACE for Commercial and Industrial Properties

The Washington County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) ordinance to join the statewide C-PACE program -- making the County eligible to participate in the Maryland Commercial PACE (MDPACE) program, administered by the Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC). The PACE program allows access to low-cost, long-term financing for energy efficiency improvements to commercial and industrial properties. “With the passage of C-PACE, Washington County hopes to use this economic…

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Anne Arundel Announces Pre-Application for Affordable Rental Housing Program

The program provides funding for the development and redevelopment of affordable rental housing units serving households with an income earning 60 percent and below the area median income. Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman and Arundel Community Development Services, Inc. (ACDS) announced the opening of pre-applications for the production of affordable rental housing projects. Pre-applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and successful pre-applicants will be invited to submit a complete application. “There is…

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Maryland Supreme Court To Take Up Novel “Digital Advertising Tax”

The State's Highest court will consider the constitutionality of a recently enacted State tax on digital advertising, to assess interstate commerce issues in its implementation. The Maryland Supreme Court (recently renamed, formerly the Court of Appeals) will hear arguments in litigation over Maryland's Digital Advertising tax in May. The appeal by the Comptroller, would exhaust the State-level remedy sought by companies subject to the tax, who claim its application unduly infringes on interstate commerce. From…

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Prince George’s Provides Free Books for Children Under Five

Children under the age of five can receive a free book every month until their fifth birthday through the Prince George's County Memorial Library System. Prince George's Libraries is sponsoring Books From Birth with support from County Executive and MACo Board Member Angela Alsobrooks. The program is designed to get books into the homes and hands of every young child in Prince George’s County. If you are a resident of Prince George's County, complete the…

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Montgomery County Council Establishes Economic Development Committee

The Montgomery County Council has established a new committee on economic development. Montgomery's new Economic Development Committee is chaired by Natali Fani-González and has four members. According to the county council's website, its jurisdiction includes Alcohol Beverage Services, Agritourism, Conference and Visitors Bureau, Economic Development, Incubator Programs, MCEDC, Permitting Services, Revenue Authority, Small Business Advancement Team, Telecommunications and Technology (Office of Broadband Programs, Digital Equity, FiberNet programs), Urban Districts/BIDs, and Worksource. Economic Development Committee (ECON)…

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Governor’s 2024 Budget – What It Means for Counties

Governor Wes Moore unveiled a $63.1 billion fiscal 2024 budget proposal he calls a bold reflection of his priorities -- education, transportation, and public safety -- while being fiscally responsible. The proposed budget, which does not include a tax increase, maintains a Rainy Day Fund at the target level of 10 percent of General Fund revenue or $2.5 billion and, to account for economic uncertainties, a higher-than-normal budgeted General Fund balance of $820 million for…

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MACo to General Assembly: Fix Outdated, Confusing Notice Requirements

On January 18, 2023, MACo Legislative Director Kevin Kinnally submitted testimony to the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee in support of SB0114 - Property Tax - Constant Yield Tax Rate - Notice Requirements. SB 114 would make necessary and timely changes to outmoded Maryland’s constant yield tax law provisions, allowing local governments to better serve and react to community needs. From the MACo Testimony: While SB0114 keeps the advertisement requirements in place, the bill replaces…

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