FY22 Property Tax Bill Information
- Message from County Executive Pittman
Dear Anne Arundel County Resident,
When I introduced this year’s budget back in April, I said it would put us “back on track” after a year of pandemic-driven belt tightening.
The process of crafting the FY22 Budget was data-driven, thorough, and collaborative, and we heard from residents, departments, and financial experts. The final product is by most measures the most fiscally responsible in the history of the County, but also moves us forward in achieving our basic goals: restore trust in government, create economic opportunity for all, implement smart growth policies, and promote health and wellness.
I’m proud to say that we’ve kept our County’s tax rates among the lowest in the state, and the very lowest in our region. Anne Arundel County maintains a 2.81% local income tax rate, the fourth lowest among 24 state jurisdictions, and we have slightly lowered the property tax rate this year from 93.4 cents to 93.3 cents per $100 of assessed value.
We have set ourselves up to be prepared for future economic uncertainty by paying $11 million into the county’s rainy day fund, and keeping the capital budget below debt affordability after it had skyrocketed to $76 million over affordability during the last administration. Now, Anne Arundel County is back on track and able to focus on providing the services our residents need.
The FY22 budget increases public safety funding for additional crisis intervention team officers and counselors, support for our Police Department’s new Community Services Bureau, training for 42 paramedics, and a boost in fire apparatus modernization.
Top quality education is the greatest driver of economic growth, enhancer of property values, reducer of poverty, and guarantor of our future. That’s why we invested this year in 53 essential new positions, new school construction, and fair compensation for our educators that is competitive with neighboring counties.
Our capital budget this year relies less on borrowing, but finally addresses our longstanding traffic bottlenecks with a new arrangement between the County and the State to fund improvements on Route 2, Route 3, and Route 214. We’ve also launched improvements at parks, libraries, police and fire stations, and even a new community center.
Please know that as your County Executive, I remind public servants every day that this is your local government, your infrastructure, and your services that we provide. We couldn’t have built this budget without your engagement in our Budget Town Halls and we want to hear your priorities year ‘round. Contact me at [email protected] and let us know how you’d like to help make Anne Arundel County “The Best Place For All.”
Steuart Pittman - County Executive