Pittman County Executive’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Approved
The Anne Arundel County Council today approved County Executive Steuart Pittman’s FY 2023 budget on June 14, 2022 in a bipartisan vote of 6-1. Speaker Lisa Rodvien and Councilmembers Andrew Pruski, Sarah Lacey, Allison Pickard, Nathan Volke and Amanda Fiedler voted to cut taxes while making record investments in education, public safety, recreation and parks. Through supplemental amendments, the budget also includes hiring and retention bonuses for school bus drivers and crossing guards, as well as one-time pay equity funds for Anne Arundel Community College faculty and staff.
“In the midst of partisan conflict in Washington, growing economic hardship across the country, and attacks on the core institutions of government, here in Anne Arundel County today we show that our two political parties can come together and support a budget that offers the services our residents depend on,” said County Executive Steuart Pittman. “The delivery of a bipartisan budget, just three months after receiving our first Triple-A bond rating from Moody’s, sends a strong signal to our residents that we can and will move forward together, united to make our county the best place for all. . ”
The FY23 Budget Includes a Tax Cut That Lowers the Income Tax Rate on the First $50,000 of Taxable Income for Each Taxpayer, While Putting the Property Tax Rate Further Under the Cap Than Ever in the history of the county. The budget will grow the county’s emergency fund while reducing borrowing and eliminating the structural deficit created during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The FY23 budget fully funds the Board of Education’s capital budget request for the first time in county history, while also restoring step-back increases and fully funding the Board’s request for salary increases for all teachers and staff. Through supplemental amendments, the county will provide recruitment and retention bonus funds for school bus drivers and crossing guards, as well as one-time pay equity funds for Anne Arundel Community College.
“This budget provides a balanced approach and much-needed investment in our schools, infrastructure and public safety,” said Councilmember and District 4 Council Vice President Andrew Pruski. “The County Council joined with the County Executive to pass a budget to help Anne Arundel invest in our future.”
The budget will fully fund the county’s obligations under the Plan for the Future of Maryland, while setting a new county record by providing $50 million more than the state’s maintenance effort requirement. The budget also adds new positions, including:
- 119 new special education positions
- 29 new social/emotional learning positions
- 48 new pre-K seats to convert half-day programs to full-day pre-K classrooms
- 20 new English language development positions
- 3 new bilingual facilitators
- 140 new classroom teacher positions, including the final year of staffing required to fully open Crofton High School
“This budget puts people and critical services first, while continuing the program of investments in key infrastructure that we began three budgets ago,” said Ward 1 Councilwoman Sarah Lacey. all must be fulfilled at the same time. But some people have been waiting a long time for improvements to their schools, public safety and recreational resources, sidewalks and community centers. This budget delivers.”
The FY23 budget provides money for the design and construction of a new 911 call center, which will combine police and fire callers into a single, unified operation under the Office of Emergency Management. To support public safety efforts, the budget will replace the dilapidated shooting range, while funding a new forensics facility and a new special operations facility, and 55 new officer vehicles.
“I was very pleased to vote today in favor of the FY 2023 budget. It is the culmination of four years of bold and responsible budgets that provide much-needed investment across local government that will impact our county for generations to come,” said the Ward 2 Councilwoman Allison Pickard. “District 2 benefits from investment in roads and parks and especially in school construction with the Old Mill Complex Master Plan underway. This budget also represents a critical investment in our county employees to ensure we can provide critical county services.”
The County’s FY23 budget includes two new parks, Tanyard Springs and South Shore, along with major investments in Bacon Ridge at Forney, Odenton Library Park, Deale and the new Brooklyn Park Center, plus access site improvements to water for a total of $7.8 million in investments. The budget also provides $3.5 million to restore a building on the campus of the future Crownsville Hospital Memorial Park, to enable the building to become the Crownsville Health and Wellness Center, an incubator that will house emerging nonprofit organizations and offer services residents of treatment centers. operating nearby, and will be a temporary home for the county team managing the restoration of the site.
“I am delighted to be a part of the County’s FY23 budget that makes historic commitments to so many important County priorities. This budget moves us forward by making significant investments in our public employees such as teachers, police officers, and firefighters at a time when hiring has become more challenging in nearly every sector,” said Councilmember and District 6 Council Speaker, Lisa Rhoden. “We are investing in public transportation and making our buses fare free. We’ve included new mechanisms to increase the availability of affordable housing and met all of these priorities while keeping our region’s lowest property and revenue taxes. For District 6, I am especially excited that the green heart of our county, the Crownsville State Hospital Center, finally belongs to Anne Arundel County and its residents.”