Southern MD Legislative Update - Mar 22

As our local county commissioners work through the FY2018 budget process, SMAR would like to update our members and followers on some highlights from around the region.

At the March 21st St. Mary's County Commissioners meeting, on a 4-1 vote with Comm. Todd Morgan being the lone no, four agreed to a property tax reduction after July 1, otherwise known as a constant yield rate. Thank you to St. Mary's- we hope our other counties take your lead.

In Charles, the commissioners had a public work session where they reviewed the current capitol improvement program, which is about 47% not funded- $231,808,000. With the current news focus on recent mismanagement of taxpayers dollars, many in the community including SMAR will be following the budget process even more closely.

Finally at the March 21st Calvert County public budget hearing, Government Affairs Director Theresa Kuhns shared SMAR public policy statements encouraging the commissioners to fund from existing property and income tax bases rather than raising the existing tax, which currently makes up 92% of the general fund budget for Calvert County.

In Annapolis, our legislative focus is to continue to advocate for property rights as we finish out the session with just about three weeks left. Our Southern Maryland delegation has been working extremely hard in session, committees and with our members to help us achieve our goals. Expect a few more targeted calls to action in the last push! We will be releasing a local SMAR report card on our top issues and where votes landed- stay tuned.