Montgomery Seeks Community Input on Local Spending Priorities

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich tonight will host the first in a series of virtual budget forums aimed at providing opportunities for residents to learn about the budget process and provide input on local spending priorities. There will be a total of five regional forums on the County's Capital Budget/Capital Improvements Program (CIP) and two forums on the County's Operating Budget. “I am hopeful that our virtual format will allow more residents to participate in…

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Clarence Crawford Elected President of the Maryland State Board of Education

The Maryland State Board of Education unanimously voted to elect Clarence Crawford as president and Jean Halle as vice president for the 2020-2021 term. President Crawford was appointed as a board member in 2019 and currently serves as an adjunct professor at American University.  He "is a recipient of the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, the African American Federal Executive Association’s Ebenezer Bassett Award, and is an elected NAPA Fellow. He earned his MPA in Finance and…

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Baltimore County Announces Capital Development Program for Schools

Baltimore County Government and Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) announced a Multi-Year Improvement Plan for all Schools (MYIPAS). The plans for identifying and prioritizing capital improvements to schools will be based on 1) enrollment projections, capacity, and utilization; 2) educational equity and adequacy; and 3) facilities condition. The improvement plan will first focus on high schools in Phase 1 and move to elementary and middle schools in Phase 2. Read more on MYIPAS.

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Fitch Affirms Montgomery’s AAA Rating in Advance of $852 Million Bond Sale

Fitch Ratings this week affirmed Montgomery County's AAA bond rating in advance of the upcoming competitive bond sale. Fitch Ratings assigned a AAA rating to the following Montgomery County general obligation (GOs) bonds: $320,000,000 Consolidated Public Improvement Bonds of 2020 series A $167,275,000 Consolidated Public Improvement Refunding Bonds of 2020 series B $364,600,000 Consolidated Public Improvement Refunding Bonds of 2020 series C (Federally Taxable.) The bonds are scheduled for competitive sale on July 16. The…

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June 25th IAC Meeting Minutes Available

Maryland's Interagency Commission on School Construction (IAC) was established by the Board of Public Works to administer Maryland's Public School Construction Program and is chaired by State Superintendent of Schools, Karen Salmon. The IAC operates under the provisions of the Rules, Regulations, and Procedures for the Administration of the School Construction Program which are approved and amended by the Board of Public Works. It meets once a month and the meetings are open to the…

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Department of Planning Announces School Enrollment Projections, Large Enrollment Boost Expected

The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) projects public school enrollment will see a large increase over the next few years. Planning uses Grade Succession Ratio methodology to prepare school enrollment projections, which requires historical data for each political subdivision on the number of live births and number of children enrolled in public school by grade. Projections for the next 10 years (2020-2029) show most of the growth occuring from 2020 to 2022, with "moderate growth…

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Franchot Says He Will Oppose Proposal to Slash County Disparity Grants
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Franchot Says He Will Oppose Proposal to Slash County Disparity Grants

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is poised to oppose several of Governor Larry Hogan's proposed budget cuts to account for increased spending and reduced revenues amid the COVID-19 public health crisis. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Board of Public Works -- a three-member panel which includes Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and State Treasurer Nancy Kopp -- tomorrow will consider $672 million in state budget cuts as part of the Department of Budget and…

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Webinar — Creating Healthy Buildings: A Roadmap for Cities, Counties, and Schools

Schneider Electric is offering a live webinar entitled, "Creating Healthy Buildings: A Roadmap for Cities, Counties and Schools," this Thursday, June 25, 2020, to help assist members in dealing with the challenges of COVID-19: With an intense focus on how to create healthier environments, many schools, cities and counties are looking for strategies to make changes to their facilities without redirecting critical funds away from necessary programming and services. The benefits of healthier building design…

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State Casino Revenues Down $149M Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
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State Casino Revenues Down $149M Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

With Maryland’s six casinos closed since mid-March due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, total gaming revenues are down by nearly $372.5 million compared to last year, while casino contributions to the state are down more than $148.8 million. Maryland’s casinos, racetracks, and simulcast betting facilities have been closed since March 16 in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus infections. Governor Larry Hogan yesterday announced that these facilities can resume operations beginning June…

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Montgomery Weighs Changes to Residential Construction Moratorium Policy

Yesterday, the Montgomery County Planning Department presented new policy recommendations to the County's Planning Board that would relax most  residential housing moratoriums.  In July of 2019, Montgomery County instituted a one-year residential development moratorium for areas in the county where schools had enrollments exceeding 120 percent of their capacity. The moratorium has affected roughly 60 square miles around nearly 30 schools. As the policy approaches its sunset, the Planning Department has submitted its recommendations to…

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