Taxing Airbnb: “Fair-bnb,” Or Too Taxing To Tackle?

The Baltimore Business Journal has posted a slideshow of the most popular rooms available on Airbnb in Baltimore - reporting that: Many Airbnb listings around the city can offer guests the same amenities as a hotel room: private bathrooms, a washer and dryer, access to a pool and even jacuzzi tubs. Even so, such rooms are not subject to the local hotel tax - or at least, most do not collect it - potentially leaving…

Comments Off on Taxing Airbnb: “Fair-bnb,” Or Too Taxing To Tackle?
Counties Make The Case For Funding IT

  Good governance requires good technology. Powerful databases, analytical instruments, geographic systems, and public portals can all improve customer service and accountability — but invariably come at a cost, and technology maintenance is not always an easy sell in the budgeting process. At the MACo Summer Conference session, "Live Long and Prosper: Maintaining and Funding Modern Technology," county tech experts emphasized the importance of prioritizing and managing investments in technology. Jim McCormick, Chief Information Officer (CIO)…

Comments Off on Counties Make The Case For Funding IT
Broadband for Everyone

It's no secret that access to high speed internet can be extremely important for  businesses and education - and it has become a major quality of life issue all across the state. At "Broadband - the Forward Connection For Your Citizens and Businesses," county technology leaders how they are getting some of Maryland's tougher-to-reach communities linked up. Scott Boone, IT Director for Kent County and former chair of the Kent County Broadband Task Force explained how…

Comments Off on Broadband for Everyone
Save the Date for MACo’s Administrators & Attorneys Conference – October 9, 2014

MACo will host its Administrators and Attorneys Conference on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at the Newton White Mansion in Mitchelllville, MD (a Prince George’s County Park and Planning Commission facility). The date and location are as follows: Thursday, October 9, 2014 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Newton White Mansion 2708 Enterprise Road, Mitchellville, MD  20721 This annual one-day event is free for county government staff members, with content designed for those who guide county management, administrative,…

Comments Off on Save the Date for MACo’s Administrators & Attorneys Conference – October 9, 2014
Article Highlights Local Struggles in Maintaining and Upgrading Water Mains

An article in the Washington Post highlights the struggles of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) in maintaining and upgrading water mains in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties. The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission has 350 miles of concrete mains that have been prone to exploding without warning. The particularly large mains are designed to carry high volumes of pressurized water. Utilities around the world have struggled with this type of pipe since the 1980s, when they…

Comments Off on Article Highlights Local Struggles in Maintaining and Upgrading Water Mains
Caroline County Commissioners Approve Budget For Fiscal 2014

Caroline County Commissioners approved their fiscal year budget on June 4, increasing property and income tax rates.  As reported on MyEasternShoreMD.com: The budget includes a 5-cent property tax increase, approved at the commissioners' May 28 meeting, including a 3-cent increase to produce constant yield following an $800,000 decrease in tax assessments in the northern part of the county, and an additional 2-cent increase, largely to cover the increase in the county's portion of teacher pension…

Comments Off on Caroline County Commissioners Approve Budget For Fiscal 2014
Kent County Commissioners Approve Fiscal 2014 Budget Totaling Almost $45 Million

Kent County Commissioner's approved a fiscal 2014 budget of almost $45 million on June 11, providing a $2,000 across the board raise for employees and retaining property and income tax rates.  Other highlights from the approved budget are listed below. Retires over $4 million of debt in the county general and water and sewer funds Reduces water and sewer rates by 4% Funds the schools at Maintenance of Effort Maintains a 10% fund balance More…

Comments Off on Kent County Commissioners Approve Fiscal 2014 Budget Totaling Almost $45 Million
Wicomico County Council Approves $127 Million Budget for Fiscal 2014

As reported by the Daily Times, Wicomico County's $127 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year was approved by the county council this morning. The budget includes about $10 million more in spending than last year and increases the property tax rate to about $9 for every $1,000 of assessed value. The county press release summarizes changes made to the budget by Council. Significant changes to the proposed budget include: A reduction of the Executive’s…

Comments Off on Wicomico County Council Approves $127 Million Budget for Fiscal 2014
MACo 2013 Summer Conference Session – Integrated Stormwater & Wastewater Plans

Description:  Everyone wants clean waterways, but fiscal constraints can make it difficult to put the infrastructure in place to get there. Through working with states and localities, the United States Environmental Protection Agency has developed an “integrated approach” for achieving stormwater and wastewater plans. This comprehensive approach will provide localities with the opportunity for identifying cost-effective and protective solutions and implementing the most important projects first. This session will discuss this framework and how to…

Comments Off on MACo 2013 Summer Conference Session – Integrated Stormwater & Wastewater Plans
NACo Releases Presentation on Immigration Reform

The National Association of Counties (NACo) just released a legislative presentation on the topic of immigration reform and the outlook for counties. The NACo's electronic message: The presentation highlights issues including: Why immigration reform matters to counties Context to the immigration reform debate Outlook for legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate Key provisions in the Senate immigration bill (S. 744) and the potential impact on counties The U.S. Senate is planning…

Comments Off on NACo Releases Presentation on Immigration Reform
Close Menu