Increased revenue leads to roughly $9 million windfall for upcoming Frederick County budget cycle

 

Last week, County Executive Jan Gardner presented the county’s annual comprehensive annual financial report, detailing the state of the county’s finances. As part of the report, she highlighted that in fiscal 2018, “revenues were greater than budgetary estimates by $24.8 million, and expenditures were $15.1 million less than anticipated.” This total, however, doesn’t equate to a $39.9 million surplus, according to county officials. Instead, it becomes a part of the county budget process known as a “fund balance.” (News-Post)

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Ball's first 'listening session' draws comments on Howard County transportation, development, housing costs and Ellicott City flood mitigation

Howard Executive Calvin Ball didn’t have much to say during a meeting with local residents Monday in Columbia. That was the point. For 90 minutes, the Democrat who was sworn in last week as county executive listened to questions and comments from a crowd of more than 130 people at the Florence Bain Senior Center. Moderated by Lowell Sunderland, a retired editor for The Baltimore Sun, the event was the first of seven listening sessions Ball has scheduled around the county. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Hucker wants to ban Roundup from Montgomery parks

Montgomery County Council member Tom Hucker wants to ban the use of the pesticide Roundup and other pesticides that contain the herbicide glyphosate. In a Nov. 21 letter to Mike Riley, the director of the Montgomery County Department of Parks, Hucker wrote that the International Agency for Research on Cancer has found a link between glyphosate and cancer. He also cited a lawsuit from earlier this year in which a California jury awarded $289 million to a school groundskeeper, alleging that glyphosate caused his lymphoma. (Bethesda)

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Oysters successfully reproducing in the Patapsco River, Chesapeake Bay Foundation finds

On a man-made reef built to help Chesapeake Bay oysters recover in the Patapsco River, nature is taking over. Researchers have found signs of new life among the mollusks. In a semi-annual checkup of the reef next to Fort Carroll and the Francis Scott Key Bridge, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation found two spat — the name for oyster larvae that have attached themselves to the shells of other bivalves. It may not sound like much given that the bay’s oyster population is less than 1 percent of its precolonial size. But it’s an important step, said Allison Colden, Maryland fisheries scientist for the foundation. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore transportation officials to meet with E. 26th Street neighbors to discuss street repairs

Officials from the Baltimore City Department of Transportation will meet Thursday evening with residents of East 26th Street in Charles Village to discuss repairs to a section of roadway above a rail line that partially collapsed amid heavy rain two weeks ago. The meeting, to “discuss the status of infrastructure repairs,” is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday in the gymnasium of Margaret Brent Elementary/Middle School, 100 E. 26th St., the department announced in a post on Facebook. (Balt. Sun)

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Carroll County overdose deaths far surpass 2017 total

In the first 11 months of the year, the number of fatal drug- and alcohol-related overdose deaths in Carroll County has already surpassed the number seen in 2017. According to statistics from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, there were 67 fatal overdoses involving drugs or alcohol from January through November of this year, compared to 49 in the 12 months of 2017. There were 44 overdose deaths in the January-November period of 2017, making for a 52.3 percent increase, according to the report by Sheriff’s Office Crime Analyst Christine Garvin. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Panel discusses affordable housing needs

Local leaders emphasized the threat posed by the lack of affordable housing, and possible opportunities, in Frederick County at a panel luncheon Monday. Milton Bailey, Frederick County Department of Housing and Community Development director, Ken Oldham, United Way of Frederick County president and CEO, and Bruce Zavos, Frederick County Affordable Housing Council chair, discussed how affordable housing is created, the local shortage and myths related to the issue. (News-Post)

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December 10 // Baltimore, like other U.S. cities, sees declines in homicides in 2018

After spiking over the past few years, homicide rates in cities across the U.S. appear to be on track to fall this year, according to a recent New York Times report. The Times’ Thursday story cited improvements this year in Baltimore and 65 other cities with populations over 250,000. The figures are notable after a 23 percent increase in murders nationally between 2014 and 2016. The story noted that homicides are down “substantially in cities like Baltimore; Charlotte, N.C.; Louisville, Ky.; and Memphis,” which all experienced large increases since 2014. (Balt. Sun)

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