St. Mary’s County Commissioners Approve Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

May 29, 2019

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County have approved the $253,113,474 fiscal year 2020 General Fund budget. The figure represents a 10 percent increase over fiscal 2019, including other financing sources. Funding for education, county departments and elected officials, along with public safety, accounts for nearly 82 percent of the General Fund budget. The adopted budget supports a fiscal year 2020 Capital budget of $81,700,793.
FY2020 budget highlights include …

  • Income tax rate increases from 3% to 3.17% of net taxable income
  • Property tax rate remains at .8478; rescue rate increases for Mechanicsville
  •  State and federal grants are projected to be $8,242,568 in FY2020 which is a 4.3% higher than the approved FY2019 budget.
  • St. Mary’s County Board of Education receives a funding increase of $2,390,396 over fiscal 2019 to $106,242,921, or 2.3% over fiscal 2019. The county’s investment supports compensation increases for teachers and other school employees. State mandated Maintenance of Effort is $103,156,261.
  • $14,881,410 of the June 2018 unassigned fund balance will be used for non-recurring operating and CIP paygo
  • The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office will realize an increase of $3,400,283 or 8.4% for recurring expenditures
  • Full and regular part-time county employees will receive a phased in compensation increase, a one-step merit increase, a 1% COLA and a top of grade stipend

An online version of the approved budget will be available for viewing on the county website once all of the ordinances have been signed.

6 Responses to St. Mary’s County Commissioners Approve Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

  1. Rick James on May 29, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Its pretty sad that Calvert, a more rural county has a budget of 313 million vs. St. Mary’s at 253 mil.

    • Lieutenant172 on May 29, 2019 at 10:04 pm

      Rick, go build a house in Calvert County and let us know how much it costs before you even break ground. The impact fee itself will bring you to your knees.

    • Anonymous on May 30, 2019 at 9:58 am

      Dollar amount is low hanging fruit for negative comments. How about discussing how the money is spent instead?

  2. Bobo on May 29, 2019 at 11:31 am

    Yeah good luck with your re-election fellas! Big time fail here!

  3. County Boy on May 29, 2019 at 11:37 am

    We should allocate some of that money to add more needless STOP signs on the roads. Right O’Conner?

  4. Frustrated on June 1, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Just curious but if the casinos are brining in excess of Millions of Dollars every month to the State of Maryland why are my taxes going up? Where is that money going? Why are the roads so bad in St. Marys county? Why are my taxes going up if they are binging millions to the state every Month?