FY21 Property Tax Bill Information
- Message from County Executive Pittman
Dear Anne Arundel County Resident,
What a year it’s been. Coronavirus has tested local government. We needed to deliver a higher level of service to residents than ever before, while transitioning to the workplace challenges of social distancing.
In addition to our regular services county agencies turned to food distribution, quarantine and isolation facilities, contact tracing and case management, building a stock of PPE, eviction prevention, childcare, customer and employee protection grants for small business, and weekly executive orders to facilitate reopening in compliance with state guidance.
If you are struggling from the impacts of this pandemic, please review the resources we have established online at www.aacounty.org/coronavirus or call 410-222-7256.
Amidst the stress of this pandemic, we were confronted with the image of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man, being brutally murdered by a white Minneapolis police officer. County residents of all races have marched in solidarity with our African American brothers and sisters to call for an end to racism, and to state once and for all that black lives matter.
I believe that the peaceful call for justice from our residents, particularly our young residents, is an opportunity. We can and will come together, listen to one another, and fulfill the pledge we made at the start of this year when I added the words, “For All,” to our county slogan. We can be The Best Place For All.
Amidst this work we built an FY21 budget with revenue projections that were $63 million less than our prepandemic estimates. I’m proud to say that we did it without increasing tax rates or utility fees. Anne Arundel County maintains a 2.81% local income tax rate, the fourth lowest among 24 state jurisdictions. The budget also slightly lowers the property tax rate from 93.5 cents per $100 of assessed value to 93.4 cents, the fifth lowest in the state. For budget details go to Budget Office under Departments at
When I presented this year’s budget to the County Council, I said that it was a difficult path through an uncertain time. I want to thank our County Council and
my own staff for demonstrating that even amidst toxic national politics and the stress of a pandemic, the executive and legislative branches at the local level
can pursue common goals and deliver for taxpayers.
I also want to thank our residents, our businesses, and all county employees for the sacrifices they have made
to limit the spread of COVID-19. Those efforts, along with the nationally acclaimed contact tracing program that we implemented early on, have made it possible
for us to restore economic activity safely.
We are already exploring ways to shift spending in future budgets to adapt to changes brought on by these times, and will invite you to join us once again in January for seven Budget Town Halls to ensure that your voice is heard.
And finally, I hope you will visit Open Arundel, our new online portal where we monitor the performance metrics for county services. Tell us how we’re doing, and hold me and my team accountable. That’s how we’ll fulfill our pledge to make Anne Arundel County The Best Place - For All.
Steuart Pittman - County Executive