FY23 Property Tax Bill Information
- Message from County Executive Pittman
Dear Anne Arundel County Taxpayer,
When I became County Executive four years ago, I worked with my staff to redesign the budget process around you. We hosted budget town halls - 29 these last four years - and used your priorities to build our budgets. The result was the county’s first-ever Triple A bond rating from Moody’s, and the first budget in many years that has the bipartisan support of all but one member of the County Council.
As we all face the challenges of inflation and economic uncertainty, your county government has prepared itself. We built a record high revenue reserve fund and have made essential investments in education, public safety, and critical infrastructure to carry us through what could be leaner times.
In this year’s budget, we lowered your taxes. Through the authority granted by the Tax Relief for Working Families state legislation, we lowered income taxes on the first $50,000 of taxable income for all county residents from 2.81% to 2.70%. We also set property taxes a record 3 cents below the charter-mandated cap, saving the average homeowner $100, and keeping our rates significantly lower than any of our central Maryland neighbors.
While paying taxes isn’t optional, I do want to thank you for your investment in our communities. You can read about every line item of spending at aacounty.org/budget, but here a few items that you should take pride in.
Our FY23 Budget fully funds the Board of Education’s capital budget request for the first time in county history, while restoring back step increases and fully funding the Board’s request for pay increases for all teachers and staff. Through supplemental budget amendments, the county will provide funding for hiring and retention bonuses for school bus drivers and crossing guards, as well as one-time pay equity funding for Anne Arundel Community College.
Our FY23 Budget also provides money for the design and construction of a new 911 Call Center, which will combine police and fire call takers into a single, unified operation under the Office of Emergency Management. During the last three years we added the police officers and firefighters that were needed to catch up with the county’s population growth.
I am especially proud of the record investments in new parks, and the acceleration of projects in partnership with the state to address our worst traffic bottlenecks. Rather than pursuing the commercial development of Crownsville Hospital, this budget launches the creation of Crownsville Hospital Memorial Park and a Crownsville Health and Wellness Center with major financial assistance from the state.
Thank you for all that you do to make Anne Arundel County The Best Place - For All, and please keep sending me your feedback at [email protected].
Steuart Pittman - County Executive