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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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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three+one Provides Tools that Understand Your Time Commitment

MACo Endorsement Partner three+one is made by public officials for public officials. Cashvest® by three+one® uses proprietary algorithms to produce data-driven analysis and time-horizon evaluations. This information is applied to safely increase yields on current cash deposits and enhance revenue sources. Budgetary pressures have never been greater for public sector entities and higher ed institutions. cashvest® will identify the longevity and predictability of your cash liquidity, giving you superior options for your bank deposits. Your time…

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MACo Member Discount – February Grant Writing Training in DC
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MACo Member Discount – February Grant Writing Training in DC

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grant writing workshop in Washington, DC - February 23-24, 2023.  Attend this class and learn how to find the funding sources and write winning grant proposals. Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies as well as healthcare organizations, nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend. Tuition for Maryland Association of Counties members and their staff is $465,…

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Crisis Control – Principles and Practice at #MACoCon

At the MACo Winter Conference, an expert panel explained how policymakers and community partners can apply emergency management principles to solve today's most complex challenges. Communities face more frequent and complex disasters due to vexing issues like a changing climate, social and economic inequity, aging infrastructure, cyber threats, and humanitarian crises. By enhancing communication and collaboration with local emergency managers, policymakers and community partners can apply emergency management principles to solve today's most complex challenges.…

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General Assembly to Allow In-Person AND Virtual Testimony for 2023 Session

Each standing committee in the Maryland House of Delegates and Maryland Senate will implement a hybrid system for public testimony to allow for in-person and virtual testimony for the 2023 legislative session. According to a joint statement from House Speaker Adrienne Jones and Senate President Bill Ferguson, the new hybrid system aims to eliminate barriers to public participation in the legislative process and furthers the General Assembly's commitment to limiting the spread of COVID-19, RSV,…

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Podcast Archives: The State of Policing, With Everett Sesker

This week, the Conduit Street Podcast presents an episode from the archive with special guest, recently-elected Anne Arundel County Sheriff, Everett Sesker. Sesker joined the podcast in 2020 as a law enforcement consultant at the Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT), where he trained police officers to understand and overcome implicit bias and assessed potential risks to law enforcement agencies across Maryland. In this episode, we discuss the state of policing, including overcoming implicit bias, community…

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Property Values Tick Up According to 2023 Reassessment

The Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) today announced its 2023 reassessment of 779,573 “Group 2” residential and commercial properties. The overall statewide increase for “Group 2” properties is 20.6 percent. County property tax revenues will not increase by 20.6 percent, as this reassessment only covers one-third of property accounts. Furthermore, when property values increase, the increase is phased-in equal increments over the next three years. The State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT)…

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