April 2018 The Legislative Minute

County Schedules FY19 Budget Community Meetings

It’s that time of year again! Carroll County has released the proposed FY 2019 Budget, which will be considered by the County Commissioners over the next two months. You can view the Budget Summary and the full recommended Budget, along with detailed information on County Fund balances, on the County’s budget web page.

County staff will hold a series of community meetings to review and explain the Proposed Budget. These meetings are currently scheduled as follows:

• Thursday, April 26, 7:00 pm, Westminster Library
• Tuesday, May 1, 7:00 pm, Eldersburg Library
• Wednesday, May 2, 7:00 pm, Mount Airy Library
• Thursday, May 3, 7:00 pm, Taneytown Library
• Tuesday, May 8, 7:00 pm, North Carroll Library

Each session is open to the public and will also be televised on Channel 24 and streamed live on the county website.

Commissioners Remand Monocacy River Plan Back to Advisory Board

In a victory for property owners along the Monocacy River, the Carroll County Commissioners voted unanimously on March 29 to remand the draft 2016/2017 Monocacy Scenic River Management Plan back to the Monocacy River Advisory Board for revisions.
REALTORS® have been actively involved in efforts to amend the draft Plan to protect landowner rights and prevent future overreach by regulators more explicitly. CCR aided in the development of proposed amendments presented during the Monocacy River Plan Forum, held on March 12, and which will be submitted to the River Board for future consideration.

You can follow the progress of these amendments, beginning with the next scheduled meeting on April 4, at the Monocacy River Advisory Board website.

Around the County

• The Town of Manchester has completed their Comprehensive Plan update. It has been sent to the required agencies for a 60-day review. A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at 7:30 PM at the Manchester Planning & Zoning Meeting. To view the plan, click here.
• The Town of New Windsor Planning Commission is discussing the regulation of short-term rental properties. CCR will track these developments for their impacts on property owners and managers.
• Last month, the Carroll County School Redistricting and Closure Committee began the first of a series of meetings to discuss school enrollment projections and facility usage. The Committee is expected to develop its report by September 2018, with a Board of Education vote on the recommendations to follow in November.

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