Commissioners approve $3M for COVID-19 related expenses following Public Hearing

News Release, St. Mary’s County Public Information Office

UPDATE 4/22/2020: LEONARDTOWN, MD – Following a Public Hearing, the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County approved a supplemental Appropriation Ordinance on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

The $3M from the FY19 unassigned fund balance will be used toward addressing COVID-19 related expenditures. Funds from the Commissioner’s Emergency Reserve will be restored, and the remaining balance directed to the COVID- 19 project.

The Public Hearing may be viewed on-demand below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RX8X5bOCE5g

For more information, please contact the Public Information Office at 301-475-4200, ext. 1342.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County will hold a Public Hearing Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at 9:15 a.m. in the Chesapeake Building, 41770 Baldridge Street in Leonardtown, MD, to consider a proposed ordinance for supplemental appropriations to the County’s FY2020 General Fund Operating Budget.

The Commissioners will consider a supplemental appropriation of $3 million to fund costs related to emergency expenses associated with COVID-19. The source would be the FY2019 fund balance that was not applied in the FY2021 recommended budget. This action allows the County to continue to respond to the needs of its citizens during this emergency.

Due to social distancing guidelines at this time the public hearing will not be open to the public. The press may attend. The Public Hearing may be viewed on Channel 95 and YouTube. Citizens may also listen to the Public Hearing by calling 301-579-7236; Access code: 963443.

In lieu of appearance, comments may be submitted via:

a.       Written Comments via email: [email protected]

b.      Mail: P.O. Box 653 Leonardtown, Md, 20650

c.       Call 301-475-4200 x 1234 to speak via telephone during the public hearing.

d.      Submit a three-minute video clip to [email protected] from Friday, April 10, 2020, at 8 a.m. thru Thursday, April 16, 2020, 5 p.m.

All submissions will be considered by the Commissioners at the Public Hearing.


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