Charles County Commissioners May 1 Meeting Update

At the meeting on Tuesday, May 1, the Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to establish a Commission on Veterans Affairs. Nearly a year ago, the Commissioners established a Veterans Corner to serve as a resource to veterans living here, which magnified the need for a formal group to consistently communicate and provide information and resources to them. The Commission on Veterans Affairs will fulfill that purpose by enhancing communication, conducting outreach to identify specific needs, and coordinating services to support more than 17,000 veterans who currently reside in Charles County. The Commission will consist of 13 appointed members and a staff liaison to provide county support.

Open Session Briefings

  • Human Resources staff presented the results of the 2017-2018 employee survey and reviewed the recommendations from staff that could be implemented. The survey categorized feedback into several areas, including performance review, salary, reclassifications, leadership, and communication. An additional area of priority that was added is employee wellness. An action plan to address the feedback was presented, which included self-appraisals, annual department surveys, improved employee recognition, enhanced internal communication strategies, a countywide classification and compensation study, succession planning, and a mentoring program. Wellness will be added as a core value, and a comprehensive program is being rolled out to address all aspects of well-being. Additionally, staff proposed creating a plan to transition to a smoke-free campus at all county buildings.
  • Budget staff reviewed the third quarter General Fund report ending March 31, 2018. The report included details about expenditures, revenues, and an estimate of the year-end fund balance.

Work Sessions

  • Commissioners held a budget work session for staff to provide a summary of the proposed General Fund budget for all departments, county-supported agencies, and related programs. Staff also reviewed the proposals for all Enterprise Funds, the Capital Improvement Program, and fees and charges for fiscal 2019.

Public Hearing

The Commissioners held a public hearing to receive comments on the fiscal 2019 constant yield tax rate. The record for public comment has been left open until Tuesday, May 8.  To submit comments, email or mail or hand-deliver comments to Charles County Board of Commissioners, 200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD 20646.

Approval Items

  • Commissioners approved the draft school capacity allocations for 2018 during the annual joint meeting of the County Commissioners and the Board of Education. The meeting is held each year to review and determine the available school allocations by school attendance zone to eligible residential development projects on the school allocation waiting list. County staff review enrollment data against available capacity in each school and make an annual recommendation to Commissioners on the allocation.
  • Commissioners approved a letter of support for the Friends of Smallwood State Park’s grant application for funding to stabilize and preserve the John Grinder House in Smallwood State Park.
  • Commissioners also approved the following budget transfer requests:
  • $50,000 transfer from the Economic Development Department to the Energetics Tech Center.
  • $120,000 in surplus funds from Infrastructure Inspections to pay for cost overruns in Building Inspections due to increased permit construction inspections.
  • $87,500 in salary savings from Department of Planning and Growth Management transferred to administration to pay for offices and conference areas that were needed after the reorganization.
  • $45,000 from general contingency fund to pay for construction related to the reorganization of the Department of Planning and Growth Management.

Next Commissioners Meeting: Tuesday, May 8

For More Information:

Commissioners meetings are aired on CCGTV, which broadcasts on Comcast channel 95 and Verizon channel 10, and are available for streaming   Materials and minutes of the Commissioners meeting will be posted upon approval.

About Charles County Government

The mission of Charles County Government is to provide our citizens the highest quality service possible in a timely, efficient and courteous manner. To achieve this goal, our government must be operated in an open and accessible atmosphere, be based on comprehensive long- and short-term planning and have an appropriate managerial organization tempered by fiscal responsibility. We support and encourage efforts to grow a diverse workplace. Charles County is a place where all people thrive, and businesses grow and prosper; where the preservation of our heritage and environment is paramount; where government services to its citizens are provided at the highest level of excellence; and where the quality of life is the best in the nation.

It is the policy of Charles County to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religious or political affiliation or opinion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other status protected by law.


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