County Executive Steve Schuh, and other county officials recently participated in the road resurfacing of Kent Circle in Glen Burnie to highlight recent increased investments in county roadways.
“One of the great challenges we face as a growing county is assuring that we have a well-maintained road network,” said Schuh. “Our budget increases funding to our roadways by $9 million, helping stabilize a system that has been neglected for far too long.”
The County Executive proposed $26 million in road maintenance in his budget proposal May 1st. That proposal included a $9 million increase in funding over the previous year.
The increase in road maintenance investments is funded as a part of the County Executive’s JumpStart Anne Arundel capital funding program. The JumpStart program embraces a 30 year bond financing option, which is the most utilized financing options across municipalities.
This reform will allow Anne Arundel County to increase capital investment by $150 million over the next six years without increasing our annual debt service. All three rating agencies reaffirmed their ratings of the county after being briefed on this new 30 year bond strategy.
This year’s overall budget enacted by the County Council delivers on the County’s Executive’s five point strategic plan for a stronger Anne Arundel County including:
- Reducing Taxes: The $11 million reduction in income taxes will help working families across the county.
- Strengthening 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 20 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.
The FY 2016 budget became effective July 1st.