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FY 2015 Public Budget Hearing Schedule

The County Commissioners of Caroline County, Maryland, will hold the second of two public hearings on the FY2015 Caroline County Government Budget on Thursday, May 8, 2014, at 7:00 PM, at the Goldsboro Volunteer Fire Company Hall, 700 Old Line Road, Goldsboro, MD.

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This will be to present the proposed FY2015 Caroline County Government Budget and Capital Program (see below) and to receive public comments and questions; to hold the required Constant Yield tax rate public hearing; to hold the required municipal real property tax differential hearing; and to set the FY2015 real property tax rate(s), or announce the date, time and location when they will be set.

FY 2015 Proposed General Fund Budget Revenues (PDF Document 43 KB)

FY 2015 Proposed General Fund Budget Expenses (PDF Document 52 KB)

FY 2015 CIP Budget Requests (PDF Document 42 KB)

Persons with a disability needing reasonable accommodation to attend should notify the County Commissioners Office at least 3 days before the hearing(s) by calling 410-479-0660 or via the Maryland Relay Service at 7-1-1.



Commissioners Introduce Two Legislative Bills

Legislative Bill 2014-1, Chesapeake College General Obligation Installment Note Allied Health and Athletics Facility

This bill concerns the Chesapeake College General Obligation Installment Note - Allied Health and Athletics Facility; For the purpose of authorizing and empowering County Commissioners of Caroline County to issue a general obligation installment note, as authorized by Section 19-503(a) of the Local Government Article and Section 16-304(d) of the Education Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland, in the principal amount not to exceed One Million Five Hundred Twenty Thousand Dollars ($1,520,000) in order to evidence and secure the County's obligation to pay its share of the debt service on certain bonds issued by County Commissioners of Queen Anne's County to finance or reimburse the costs of the construction, furnishing and equipping of the Allied Health and Athletics facility at Chesapeake College

Legislative Bill 2014-1 (PDF Document 90 KB)


Legislative Bill 2014-2, Chapter 51 - Purchasing

This bill concerns purchasing; For the purpose of purpose of revising the rules and procedures for the purchase of goods and services for Caroline County government; By repealing and reenacting with amendments Chapter 51 of the Code of Public Local Laws of Caroline County, Maryland.

Legislative Bill 2014-2 (PDF Document 141 KB)


Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held on the above bills on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, beginning at 9:00 AM in the County Commissioners Hearing Room #106, Courthouse, 109 Market Street, Denton, Maryland. All interested persons are encouraged to attend. Questions and comments will be solicited at that time. Written comments submitted in advance of the hearing should be mailed or delivered to the County Commissioners Office, Courthouse, 109 Market Street, Room 123, Denton, Maryland 21629. The bills are posted or available in the Courthouse, public libraries in Denton, Greensboro and Federalsburg, and in each town. To receive a copy, or for further information, call the County Commissioners Office at 410-479-0660, or via the Maryland Relay Service for persons with a hearing or speech disability at 7-1-1. Persons with a disability needing reasonable accommodation to attend should notify the County Commissioners Office by January 31st.



Comprehensive Rezoning

County Commissioners introduced Ordinance #2013-2 at their meeting Tuesday November 27th 2013. The public hearing date for the Ordinance will be Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 9:00 AM. The third reading and potential enactment will also take place on December 17, after the public hearing.

This Ordinance completes the final phase of the Comprehensive Rezoning process that has been underway for the last year. If you have any questions about the Ordinance, please contact the Department of Planning and Codes at 410-479-8100. The proposed Zoning District Maps are also available for review at their offices.

Ordinance 2013-2, Phase III Rezoning (PDF Document 149 KB)



County Commissioners Introduce Budget Legislation

The County Commissioners of Caroline County have introduced two legislative bills aimed at making the budget preparation, administration, and amendment processes more transparent and easier for residents to understand.

To accomplish this goal, Legislative Bill #2013-2 removes budget-related language from Chapter 18 (Commissioners) of the Code of Public Local Laws of Caroline County. Much of this language is antiquated and does not reflect current accounting standards and practices. Additionally, the inclusion of these budget-related provisions in the Commissioner Chapter of the Code is confusing to many residents.

Legislative Bill #2013-3 creates a new and separate budget chapter which establishes orderly procedures for budgeting and finance. This includes facilitating a budget process that is open and transparent, developing an annual budget that accurately reflects the goals and priorities of the County Commissioners, and implements a prudent financial plan ensuring the sound management and operation of County government and allied agencies, while minimizing the burden on the taxpayer to the extent practicable.

The public hearing on the legislative bills will be held on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, beginning at 9:00 AM in the County Commissioners Hearing Room #106, Courthouse, 109 Market Street, Denton, Maryland. All interested persons are encouraged to attend. Questions and comments will be solicited at that time. Written comments submitted in advance of the hearing should be mailed or delivered to the County Commissioners Office, Courthouse, 109 Market Street, Room 123, Denton, Maryland 21629.

The bills can be downloaded using the links below and are posted or available in the Courthouse, public libraries in Denton, Greensboro and Federalsburg, and in each town. To receive a copy, or for further information, call the County Commissioners Office at 410-479-0660, or via the Maryland Relay Service for persons with a hearing or speech disability at 7-1-1.

Persons with a disability needing reasonable accommodation to attend should notify the County Commissioners Office by October 4th.

Legislative Bill #2013-2 - Removal of Outdated Language (PDF Document 201 KB)

Legislative Bill #2013-3 - New and Separate Budget Chapter (PDF Document 177 KB)



Public Workshop on Land Use Study around Patuxent River Naval Air Station

The public is invited to participate in a presentation and round-table discussion of the Joint Land Use Study (JLUS), which addresses compatibility planning for the areas surrounding Naval Air Station Patuxent River (NAS PAX). The Mid-Eastern Shore region workshop will be held for Talbot County, Dorchester County, and Caroline County on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Talbot County Free Library.

Read the details here. (PDF Document 158 KB)



County Mourns the Passing of Former Commissioner Jack Cole

Jack Cole

It was with great sadness that the County learned Sunday June 16th 2013 of the death of former County Commissioner Jack Cole.

This is a brief reflection on Jack's legacy of public service.

We ask that your thoughts and prayers be with the Cole family.



Ordinance #2012-5, Zoning Maps

This ordinance would adopt new Zoning District Maps, and provides for some changes to the zoning district classifications for certain properties. This legislation is part of the County's comprehensive rezoning process. More information on the process can be found here at the Planning & Codes web site

Ordinance #2012-5 (PDF Document 88 KB)



Ordinance #2012-4, Chapter 175, Zoning

The County Commissioners at their November 20, 2012 meeting, introduced Ordinance #2012-4, Chapter 175, Zoning, for the purpose of amending and restating Chapter 175 - Zoning of the Code of Public Local Laws of Caroline County, Maryland; providing for certain criteria regarding certain types of business; providing for additional definitions and provisions; providing for the deletion of certain definitions and provisions; providing for the elimination of certain overlay districts and floating districts; providing for the creation and the elimination of certain zoning districts; providing for revised tables and attachments to Chapter 175, including the Table of Use Regulations; providing that the title of this ordinance shall be deemed a fair summary of this ordinance for all purposes; and generally relating to planning, zoning, and land use in Caroline County; and providing for an effective date.

Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held on the above ordinance on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, beginning at 9:00 AM in the County Commissioners Hearing Room #106, Courthouse, 109 Market Street, Denton, Maryland. All interested persons are encouraged to attend. Questions and comments will be solicited at that time. Written comments submitted in advance of the hearing should be mailed or delivered to the County Commissioners Office, Courthouse, 109 Market Street, Room 123, Denton, Maryland 21629. The ordinance is posted or available in the Courthouse, public libraries in Denton, Greensboro and Federalsburg, and in each town. To receive a copy, or for further information, call the County Commissioners Office at 410-479-0660, or via the Maryland Relay Service for persons with a hearing or speech disability at 7-1-1. Persons with a disability needing reasonable accommodation to attend should notify the County Commissioners Office by December 7th.

Ordinance #2012-4, Chapter 175, Zoning (PDF Document 862 KB)



NACo Prescription Discount Card Program

NACo Prescription Discount Card Program

The National Association of Counties is providing a FREE prescription discount card for county residents. The card will give discounts on prescriptions for residents who are uninsured, underinsured, seniors and pet owners in the county.

County residents benefit from the program by being able to receive a no-cost alternative to paying full price for prescriptions.

Residents can save an average of 24% off of their prescriptions. There is no cost for a resident as well as no forms to fill out, no age or income requirements and no medical condition restrictions. To find out more information about how you can benefit, please visit the web site for the NACo Prescription Discount Card Program.




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