NACo Webinar: Counties and the Coronavirus Relief Fund – U.S. Treasury Reporting and Record Retention Requirements

The U.S. Treasury Office of Inspector General (OIG) in July released its reporting and retention requirements for the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF), which was established under the CARES Act and provides $150 billion for state, county, and municipal governments with populations of over 500,000 people to address necessary expenditures incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Now that the OIG has released its new requirements, counties must navigate this new process and provide documentation…

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SDAT Conducts Tax Credit Awareness Campaign, Urges Residents to Apply Online

The Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) is urging Marylanders to consider whether they may be eligible to receive a homeowners’ or renters’ property tax credit by accessing its online tax credit application system. The Maryland General Assembly this year approved legislation to extend the submission deadline to October 1. As part of the 2020 Tax Credit Awareness Campaign, SDAT last week mailed 133,706 postcards to low-income Maryland homeowners that may be eligible to…

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Governors Balk at Trump’s Unemployment Benefits Order

Executive order to partially extend enhanced unemployment insurance requires states to fund 25% of extra benefits. President Donald Trump on Saturday signed an executive order that extends additional unemployment payments of $400 a week to help cushion the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Congress had approved payments of $600 a week at the outset of the public health crisis, but those benefits expired earlier this month and Congress has been unable to agree on…

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Washington County Announces New Date for Annual Tax Sale

Washington County will hold its annual tax sale on September 1, 2020, at 9:00 am. The tax sale, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be held in-person and outdoors at the Washington County Office Building in downtown Hagerstown. The tax sale is used to collect delinquent real property taxes and other unpaid charges owed to the County, all of which are liens against the real property. It is a public, auction of…

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Fed Extends Several Emergency Lending Programs By Three Months

The Federal Reserve Board today extended most of its emergency lending programs by three months, through the remainder of 2020, to support an economy still grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic. "The three-month extension will facilitate planning by potential facility participants and provide certainty that the facilities will continue to be available to help the economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic," the Federal Reserve Board said in a statement Tuesday. Since March, the Federal Reserve has…

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U.S. Senate Republicans Unveil HEALS Act: No New Funding for State & Local Govts

U.S. Senate Republicans today unveiled the HEALS (Help, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection, and Schools) Act, a $1 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that includes reforming bolstered unemployment benefits, providing support to schools and hospitals, and a new round of economic impact payments structured identically to the rebates sent to taxpayers in the spring. Additionally, Senate Republicans have prioritized liability protections for businesses, which would ostensibly protect them from coronavirus-related lawsuits, but opted not to include needed…

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Governors Hogan And Cuomo Urge Senate to Approve State Stabilization Funding In COVID-19 Relief Bill

Governors Larry Hogan, the National Governors Association chair, and Andrew Cuomo of New York, the NGA vice-chair, are calling on the U.S. Senate to include state stabilizing funding in the next COVID-19 relief bill, which is expected to pass Congress in the next few weeks. "The rapid economic downturn has left no region of the country untouched and has stressed every aspect of state delivery of critical needs and services to residents," Hogan and Cuomo…

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Cecil Now Offering Curbside Payment Services

In order to help limit the spread of COVID-19, Cecil County Government is offering curbside service for residents who choose to pay property taxes and other fees in person. County residents, and especially senior citizens and those with disabilities, are still strongly encouraged to pay by mail or electronically. The curbside service, which coincides with the annual issuance of property tax bills, is available during regular business hours. Residents may pull up outside the administration building…

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