Jan 25 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 January 25, 2023: Anne Arundel County A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $250,000 grant to the Board of Education…

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Now Available: FY 24 School Capital Improvement Project Report at 75% Allocation

The State has published its report on approved projects under the Capital Improvement Program Projects for schools for fiscal year 2024. The Interagency Commission on School Construction (IAC) reports that it approved 75 percent of all projects submitted under the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) in fiscal year 2024. According to the IAC's report, CIP funding from the State: Is intended to be used to build new and replacement schools, to renovate facilities, and to replace…

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Board of Public Works: January 25 Meeting Agenda

The Board of Public Works — a three-member panel including Governor Wes Moore, Comptroller Brooke Lierman, and State Treasurer Dereck Davis — reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies, many of which affect county governments. The State Board of Public Works (BPW) 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. They are also live-streamed on…

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MACo: All Systemic School Projects Should Be Eligible for BUILT Funding

On January 19, 2023, Associate Policy Director Brianna January submitted testimony to the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee in support of SB 109 Interagency Commission on School Construction – Systemic Renovation Projects – Eligibility. This bill requires the Interagency Commission on School Construction to consider systemic renovation projects with a project cost of at least $100,000 as eligible for funding from the Supplemental Public School Construction Financing Fund and the Supplemental Public School Construction Facilities Fund. Currently,…

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Talk Early and Often is Key Takeaway at #MACoCon for Successful Public Education Relationships

At the 2023 MACo Winter Conference, attendees explored best practices for successful and diverse relationships in public education.  Counties are key figures in the funding and operations of Maryland schools, working closely with local and state partners to provide quality education. Managing these relationships − and sometimes competing priorities − with the multitude of stakeholders in education can be overwhelming. At the MACo Winter Conference session, “Public Education 101: Key Partners for Success,” attendees learned…

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Dollars & Sense: Capital Consensus at #MACoCon

At MACo's Winter Conference, an expert panel shared best practices for identifying infrastructure needs, capital budget priorities, and reliable funding mechanisms. Budgeting to maintain a county's infrastructure can be a complicated process. Local elected officials must understand infrastructure needs and maintenance schedules, develop priority projects, and generate sustainable funding mechanisms. A close partnership with county administrators and agency heads is essential − from the beginning stages of assessing the capital needs and requests to managing…

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Dec 21 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 December 21, 2022: Allegany County A request from the Department of Natural Resources to grant $250,000 of Program Open Space statewide funds for…

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Board of Public Works: December 21 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, December 21, 2022, at…

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Can’t Miss at #MACoCon: Dollars & Sense: Capital Consensus

At MACo's Winter Conference, experts will share best practices for identifying infrastructure needs, capital budget priorities, and reliable funding mechanisms. Budgeting to maintain local infrastructure is an essential function of county government. A successful capital budget relies on elected officials, administrators, and agency heads collaborating to understand infrastructure needs and maintenance schedules, establish project priorities, and develop sustainable funding mechanisms. At MACo's Winter Conference, an expert panel will share best practices for planning and financing capital…

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Dec 7 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 December 7, 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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