County Executive Jan Gardner today shared highlights of major construction projects included in the preliminary capital budget, reviewed operating budget requests, and announced plans to hold a virtual public hearing on the upcoming fiscal year. The budget is based on no property or income tax rate increases. Highlights of the six-year Capital Improvement Program include moving up construction of a new Brunswick Elementary School, a library in Middletown, and the expansion and renovation of Animal Control. Executive Gardner encouraged the community to share their priorities via email, phone or social media.
“Preparing and presenting the county budget is the most important responsibility I have as County Executive and the most significant task we do together as a community,” said Executive Gardner. “During this public health crisis, a virtual public hearing is the safest way for residents to share their priorities.” (Press Release & Public Information Briefing)
“Our rural roads offer outstanding views of rolling farmland and natural features, and they provide access to our historic resources,” said Executive Gardner. “I want to focus on these hidden gems and what we can do to enhance their appeal while ensuring safe travel for local residents and visitors alike.” (Press Release & Public Information Briefing)
“The good news is that we can take action now to prevent the loss of forest cover and protect our historic and cultural amenities now into the future,” said Executive Gardner. “My proposal will protect what our community values, our forest cover, our environmental resources and our rich history, before any new development is approved, so we can ensure a bright future for Frederick County.” (Press Release, Public Information Briefing & Staff Report with Draft Legislation)
“Frederick County values the rich history and unique resources of Sugarloaf,” said Executive Gardner. “The land faces development pressures. That’s why I chose to implement Livable Frederick by focusing on the treasured landscape surrounding Sugarloaf Mountain. The time to protect this area is now.” Press Release
“The time is now to preserve Frederick County’s rich agricultural land before our cherished fields are lost to development,” Executive Gardner said. “Securing preservation easements for agriculture will ensure we leave a legacy of agriculture for future generations.” Press Release
“Livable Frederick lays the foundation for our bright future so we can make life better for the people who call Frederick home,” Executive Gardner said. “We’ve embraced our rich history, invested in our people and places, and taken care of our citizens. We are leading the way with innovation and excellence. Frederick County is soaring to new heights!” Press Release
Viewers across the nation are watching a special five-minute documentary about Frederick County. The national broadcast of “Frederick County: Leading the Way” aired on Fox Business Network. The video also aired on other networks regionally and on public television stations nationwide.
“Frederick County has a great story to tell,” said County Executive Jan Gardner. “I’m proud to have the opportunity to share our story about bio sciences and other innovative industries to a broad audience. Frederick County is a great place to live, work and raise a family!”