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Howard County’s Department of Public Works will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria at Bonnie Branch Middle School, 4979 Ilchester Road in Ellicott City, to share details regarding a county construction project to replace a water main (Capital Project W-8316). The project includes the replacement of approximately 5,700 linear feet of water main along Ilchester Road from Montgomery Road to Ellis Lane in Ellicott City.
Today, the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced their Grow America Act, which increases federal support for infrastructure. The DOT proposes a six-year transportation bill funded by pro-growth international tax reform, the same solution first developed by Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6). Absent Congressional action, the Highway Trust Fund will run out of money on May 31.
Howard County Housing will begin accepting applications for the April open enrollment period for the County’s Moderate Income Housing Unit (MIHU) program on Wednesday, April 1. The enrollment period will end Thursday, April 30.
Members of the Service Employees International (SEIU) Maryland/DC State Council today announced their endorsement of LaRuby May for the Ward 8 Council seat. Workers were excited by May’s passion to focus support around efforts to reduce poverty.
Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6), Congressman John Carney (DE-At Large) and Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) have introduced legislation designed to protect the fixed-rate 30-year mortgage – a key instrument to ensure home affordability for the middle class – and shield American taxpayers from future bailouts by reforming the housing finance system.
Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) invites Marylanders to share their stories about how America’s inadequate infrastructure is impacting their daily lives. In Congress, Delaney has made upgrading U.S. infrastructure a priority and his bipartisan Infrastructure 2.0 Act rebuilds the nation’s infrastructure, creates jobs and makes our economy more competitive in a fiscally-responsible way. Delaney’s legislation would also create a new infrastructure fund that would provide state and local governments an additional resource for transportation, water, energy, education and communications projects
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.),Minority Leader, and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, have introduced a bill, S. 741, The Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act. This legislation aims to help local communities meet the challenges of upgrading water infrastructure systems to meet the hydrological changes we are seeing today
County Executive Ike Leggett today released his Recommended FY16 Operating Budget of $5.1 billion for the year that begins on July 1, 2015 – a budget that increases County government tax-supported spending by only 1.1 percent while cutting the County property tax rate by about one cent. The balanced budget closes an estimated $238 million gap
Howard County Housing will host its 9th annual “Come Home to Howard County” Housing Fair on Saturday, April 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. This premier event targets and showcases everything individuals and families who currently live in or outside the County need to know about buying or renting a home in Howard County. The Fair is free and open to the public.
A Howard County emergency construction project to stabilize an existing wall on Court Avenue has begun. A portion of the sidewalk on Court Avenue leading to Main Street will be closed off for the project. Weather permitting, the work to stabilize the wall is expected to be completed by late March.
U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, at a hearing of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday, called on Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro to ensure that the City of Baltimore receives its fair share of federal housing support for low-income families and individuals.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a $818,182 grant to the Garrett County Community Action Committee for Head Start. Head Start is a federal program that promotes school readiness for children under five.
DHCD announced today that the funds set aside to provide down payment assistance under the Maryland Mortgage Program Triple Play Initiative in Prince George’s County have been utilized.
The Hampshire Companies, a full-service, private real estate investment firm with equity in assets valued at over $2.5 billion, in a joint venture with MCB Real Estate, have announced the sale of a 43,884-square-foot, fully leased shopping center located at 901 North Caroline Street in Baltimore, Md. The retail center is anchored by a 19,386-square-foot Save-A-Lot food store. The property was sold to Kodiak Properties, LLC. and Burley Church, LL
The Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) recently announced the ability for businesses and tax preparers in Maryland to submit annual business personal property returns online. The Business Personal Property Return Filing Service is the latest addition to Maryland’s Central Business Licensing and Registration Portal (CBL Portal) which was created to make it easier to conduct business in Maryland.
AG Gansler Announces Settlement With Property Manager

Pikesville company agrees to return tenants’ security deposits

Baltimore, MD – September 26, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that his Consumer Protection Division has reached a settlement with Pikesville-based American Equity Property Management (“AEPM”) and the company’s owners, Boris Peters and Michael Klein, resolving allegations that the property management company improperly held tenants’ security deposits in its operating account instead of a separate trust account. Find a loan officer more »

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