County Executive Steve Schuh Delivers on Promises; Unveils Budget to Strengthen Anne Arundel County
Budget reduces property taxes by 3%, increases investments in public safety, improves our education system, reforms county government, and improves our waterways.
Annapolis, MD (May 1, 2015) – County Executive Steve Schuh today unveiled his budget plan designed to make Anne Arundel County the best place to live, work, and start a business in Maryland.
“Our people, our economy and the presence of so many critical assets have brought Anne Arundel County to the verge statewide leadership in Maryland,” said Schuh. “This budget will help us lead our state to a brighter future.”
The budget delivers on the County’s Executive’s five point strategic plan for a stronger Anne Arundel County including:
- Proposing 3% Property Tax Cut: The $18 million reduction in taxes, made possible in part through savings found in the budget, is designed to benefits all property owners in our county, especially seniors on fixed incomes and small business owners.
Improving our Education System: The budget contains planning funding for a new Crofton High School and to study the feasibility of building two, smaller high schools to replace the Old Mill Complex.
- Enhancing Public Safety: The budget plan includes funding for 30 new public safety personnel, new police academy and 3% compensation increase.
- Reforming County Government: With an overall reduction in non-public safety departmental budgets, investments in technology and a hiring freeze, the budget makes county government more efficient and effective with $4 million in annual savings.
- Improve Our Waterways: The budget protects our waterways and the Bay through $70 million to support critical projects, including 1.5 miles of stormwater pipe repairs, over 300 outfall projects, 74 stormwater pond retrofits, and 9 miles of stream restorations.
“My budget delivers on a five point strategic plan to propel our county to a better tomorrow,” said Schuh. “It keeps the promises I have made to the people of Anne Arundel County.”
The County Executive’s budget plan will undergo a series of hearings in May and face final consideration by the County Council on June 12th.