Howard’s Roving Radish Program Opens First Storefront

Howard County's successful Roving Radish recently opened its first storefront in Columbia. The award-winning program provides affordable, locally sourced meal kits to residents while supporting local farms. From Howard County's website: Roving Radish, an award-winning Howard County program that provides healthy meal kits sourced from local farms, has opened its first storefront in Long Reach Village Center. The 4,142 square foot space will have a storefront offering fresh meat, dairy, eggs, and milk from local…

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Howard County Appoints New Fire Chief

County Executive Calvin Ball announced William Anuszewski as Howard County's Department of Fire and Rescue Services Chief effective May 25, 2020. Anuszewski has been serving as Acting Chief since March. From Howard County's press release: “We have no doubt Chief Anuszewski will continue to lead Fire and Rescue Services with the steady wisdom and experience of his 30-year career,” said Ball. “He stepped into the role of Acting Chief just as this public health crisis…

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Howard County Approves FY 2012 Budget

The Howard County Council approved a $1.56 billion operating budget and $179.3 million for capital improvements.  The Baltimore Sun reports: The overall operating budget will increase 8.8 percent, but the locally funded portion of the budget is rising 5.6 percent. County officials said that increase primarily reflects built-in cost increases for things like fuel, health insurance and interest on debt.Ulman used small amounts of new funding to pay for a new stormwater czar to help…

Howard County Releases Proposed FY12 Operating Budget

Howard County Executive and MACo President Ken Ulman recently unveiled his proposed $1.56 billion FY12 Operating Budget. As outlined in a Howard County news release, the proposed spending plan includes, no increases to the current property tax rate, funding of the county’s school systems $512.6 million budget request, and driving additional funds towards environmental protection initiatives.

“With the economy beginning to show signs of recovery, we must maintain our commitment to fiscal responsibility and, at the same time, position Howard County to take full advantage of the opportunities this recovery presents,” said Executive Ulman. “Our optimism is evident in this budget, but so is our caution.”

The General Fund Budget is $870.8 million. “Even though state cuts to local jurisdictions are difficult to overcome, the financial decisions we have made allow us to maintain our Triple-A credit rating from all three bond rating agencies,” said County Finance Director Sharon Greisz. Howard County is one of fewer than 30 counties nationwide to have a Triple-A rating from all three agencies.

Continuing the commitment the County has made to restoring the health of our environment, this budget increases funding for the County’s Office of Environmental Sustainability (OES) by nearly 300 percent. As was the case in the Capital Budget, the primary focus of this funding increase is to strengthen the County’s efforts at controlling stormwater runoff, one of the root causes of the degradation of our streams, waterways and the Chesapeake Bay.