Counties Partner with State, Federal Officials to Ensure Safe & Secure Election

As early voting kicks off today across Maryland, counties are working closely with state and federal partners to maintain the integrity of state and local election systems and data. “Elections are the cornerstone of our democracy, and it is our shared responsibility to ensure Marylanders are able to cast their vote safely and securely,” said Governor Hogan. “Over the last several weeks, we have been engaged in planning exercises with our federal partners to discuss…

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Maryland Board of Public Works – November 4, 2020 Agenda

Maryland’s Board of Public Works (BPW) reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies – many of which have an effect on county governments. The BPW is composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot. It meets on alternating Wednesdays and the meetings are open to the public. The meeting will be held in Governor’s Reception Room on the 2nd floor of the State House in Annapolis. Note: In light of the COVID-19 epidemic,…

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Calvert Earns Three AAA Bond Ratings

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners yesterday announced that -- for the fifth consecutive assessment -- the County received AAA credit ratings from three major bond rating agencies. Fitch Ratings, Moody’s Investors Services, and S&P Global Ratings each assigned their highest ratings due to the County’s strong economy, robust revenues, and sound financial management. “It takes hard work and planning to achieve this rating,” said County Administrator Mark Willis. “Our fiscal health comes through…

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Carroll Approves Additional Funds for COVID-19 Relief

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners today approved additional funding for community partners providing relief to residents amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The commissioners also tentatively approved funds to establish a new small business assistance initiative to support businesses suffering amid the pandemic and help prepare for sales during holiday months. Funding comes from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and is currently unspent from the Carroll County Coronavirus Relief Fund Plan…

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Frederick Expands COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

A program to provide rental assistance to Frederick County residents affected by COVID-19 has extended the amount of time a household can receive aid and expanded eligibility to people who have regained employment, County Executive Jan Gardner announced today. The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program is a partnership between Frederick County, the City of Frederick, and the nonprofit Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs. “We know there is a real need for additional support so…

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Hogan Announces Economic Recovery Initiative, Draws $250M from State’s Rainy Day Fund

Governor Larry Hogan today held a press conference with Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz and Maryland Housing and Community Development Secretary Ken Holt to launch a major new economic recovery initiative. COVID-19 Metrics Governor Hogan began the press conference by providing an update on Maryland's COVID-19 health and economic recovery, stating that key health metrics continue to remain low and stable with a statewide positivity rate of 3.1%. Maryland health officials are closely monitoring an…

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Fun Fact: Which County is Currently Flying the Largest Maryland Flag?

Photo via Frederick County MD Facebook page You can’t miss the 85 foot tall by 65 foot wide Maryland State flag (hot air balloon) on the grounds of Linganore Wine Cellars in Frederick County – now through October 31st! Piloted by Patrick Smith, the display fulfills his lifelong dream of owning a balloon depicting the state’s flag that began at a festival he attended with his parents at 4 years old. “Every time I saw…

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Baltimore County Adding 31 Ballot Drop Boxes to Meet High Demand

Due to high demand, Baltimore County today announced that it will install 31 additional secure ballot drop boxes that will be available to voters through Election Day. These new ballot drop boxes -- which will be deployed by Friday, October 23, 2020 -- will supplement the County's 13 ballot drop boxes, which are located at each early voting location, the Baltimore County Board of Elections, and Hereford High School. Ballot drop boxes are under 24-hour…

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Howard Board of Elections Receives $700K COVID-19 Response Grant

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and the Howard County Board of Elections announced that the County received a COVID-19 response grant of $688,226 from the Center for Tech and Civic Life to assist in the upcoming general election with increased costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Howard County Board of Elections will use these funds to offset the growing election judge and staffing costs of running a 50% mail-in election and in-person voting simultaneously. Additionally,…

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St. Mary’s Approves Funding to Bolster Volunteer Rescue Squads Amid Pandemic

The Commissioners of St. Mary's County this week approved $552,992 to provide supplemental staff, ambulances, and related equipment to the County's volunteer rescue squads as part of a partnership to provide emergency services across St. Mary's County. As previously reported on Conduit Street, each of the County’s seven volunteer rescue squads has asked for help to address staffing shortages, particularly in daytime hours when many volunteers are unavailable. "Reduced staffing has been a growing trend…

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