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Calvert County Maryland - Calvert County Board of County Commissioners Approves FY 2023 Budget 07 June 2022 ( news )
Calvert County , state Maryland ( By Press Release office)
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The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners ( BOCC ) today approved a $342 million fiscal year ( FY ) 2023 general fund operating budget . FY 2023 begins July 1 , 2022 .
The general fund budget for FY 2023 is a balanced budget and reflects an increase of approximately $14 . 1 million compared to the FY 2022 adopted general fund budget . The increase includes $4 . 5 million in additional income tax revenue , $1 . 5 million in property tax revenue , a $1 . 7 million transfer from capital projects and a $6 . 4 million increase from other revenue categories , including a health insurance reimbursement . $12 . 3 million of the increased revenues will be used to provide additional funding to the Board of Education , the Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center .
FY 2021 included the expected peak revenues of the county’s payment in lieu of tax , or PILOT , agreement with Berkshire Hathaway Energy Gas Transmission & Storage ( BHE GT&S ) Cove Point; FY 2022 reflected an expected $550 , 000 decrease and FY 2023 reflects a $700 , 000 decrease .
“This budget shows continued investment in programs and services that provide a high quality of life for our citizens , ” said BOCC President Earl F . “Buddy” Hance . “Calvert County remains on strong financial footing , despite concerns over the impact of the pandemic , exemplified by AAA bond ratings for six consecutive years . The budget is our toughest challenge every year , especially with rising costs and changing markets . Through this budget , we’ve taken measures to ensure fiscal and operational sustainability that will keep Calvert in a strong financial position , while supporting the most essential needs and priorities of the community . ”
Funding toward education remains the primary focus of the budget , which includes nearly $141 million in funding to Calvert County Public Schools and makes up 41% of the general fund operating budget and 37% of the six - year capital projects budget . The current funding is $6 . 6 million over the state required maintenance of effort funding level .
The FY 2023 budget also continues to address public safety as a priority , with eight new positions for the county’s Career Emergency Medical Services ( EMS ) , one employee for Emergency Management and one employee for the State’s Attorney’s Office . Seventeen other positions were added to various departments to provide improved services for citizens .
The budget includes a market adjustment , or increase to base wages for county employees to move toward more competitive pay . Sworn officers of the Sheriff’s Office will receive a market adjustment of 14% and sworn officers of the Detention Center will receive 16% . Non - sworn positions will receive a 17% adjustment .
The FY 2023 operating budget also includes:
A step increase , or salary increase , for county employees and a restorative step increase for those who were employed by the county on or before July 1 , 2011 .
A 4% cost of living adjustment for county employees .
An Other Post - Employment Benefits ( OPEB ) contribution of $2 . 25 million , the full Actuarial Determined Contribution ( ADC ) , had been provided for in this budget .
$4 . 2 million is provided to the Highway Maintenance Division to fund the road paving program .
The six - year , $363 million Capital Improvement Plan ( CIP ) lays out the county’s capital program for FY 2023 - 2028 . School construction and renovation account for the largest category , totaling more than $95 million , with significant resources going toward Beach Elementary School and Northern Middle School . Public Works Enterprise Funds , which includes solid waste/recycling and water and sewer , is the next largest category of the six - year CIP budget , totaling just over $87 million . The total CIP budget for FY 2023 is $51 . 7 million .
Residents are encouraged to review the approved budget online . For more information about the FY 2023 budget , contact the Calvert County Department of Finance & Budget at 410 - 535 - 1600 .
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