News Release, Charles County Public Information Office

On Tuesday, May 14, theBoard of Commissioners approved the Fiscal 2020 General Fund Budget of $425,097,500 and the Fiscal 2020-24 Capital Improvement Program budget of $546,000,000. Commissioners also set the Fiscal 2020 Real Property Tax Rate, which remains unchanged at $1.141 for County Government. Detailed information about the approved budget is available atwww.CharlesCountyMD.gov/budgetprocess.

Open Session Briefings

  • Dr. Jeanne Bilanin, a representative from the University of Maryland’s Institute for Governmental Service and Research, briefed Commissioners on thecharter and home rule forms of local governmentand compared their powers and limitations of governance. Charles County operates under a home rule form of government, and Bilanin provided an overview of the process that would be required to pursue a charter. She discussed how the change would affect the County Government’s organizational structure and statutory authority.
  • Budget staff presented thefiscal 2019 general fund quarterly update, and shared details about revenue and expenditure projections through June 30, 2019.

Approval Items

Commissioners were briefed on the Maryland Rural Legacy Program and reviewed a letter from the Charles County Agricultural Land Preservation Board requesting possible expansion of the Zekiah Watershed Rural Legacy Area. The program would support protection of assets in this designated rural legacy area, including farm and forest properties, historic sites, natural and cultural resources, and ecologically-sensitive areas. Commissioners approved the initiation of a public process to pursue the expansion of this designated area and seek state grant funding to support its preservation. 

Commissioners also approved the following budget requests:

  • A fiscal 2019budget transfer requestin the amount of $300,000 was transferred from sewer operations and maintenance and abudget amendment increaseof $667,300 was transferred from 2019 fund balance for a temporary filtration system to meet contractual obligations with Competitive Power Ventures. The total fiscal 2019 funding for the temporary filtration system is estimated to cost $967,300.
  • A fiscal 2020budget amendment increaseof $1,091,300 for a temporary filtration system to meet contractual obligations with Competitive Power Ventures.

Recognitions

  • Commissioners presented acitationto the Center for Children in recognition of its 30thanniversary. The Center for Children provides behavioral and mental health services to children throughout Southern Maryland. View photo inFlickr.
  • Commissioners presented aproclamationto staff from the Charles County Health Department in recognition of May as Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month. This recognition is an opportunity to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis and encourage continued research for a cure.
  • Commissioners recognized Sheriff Troy Berry, sworn officers, and staff from the Sheriff’s Office for their contributions to public safety and presented proclamations forNational Correctional Officers Week(May 7 – 13, 2019) andNational Police Week(May 12 – 18, 2019). View photo inFlickr.

David M. Higgins II

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