Charles County, Maryland

Fiscal 2018 Budget Supports Public Safety, Health, and the Environment

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 5:00pm

Fiscal 2018 Budget Supports Public Safety, Health, and the Environment

The Charles County Commissioners adopted the General Fund fiscal 2018 budget on Tuesday, May 16, as well as the Capital Projects Fund and Enterprise Fund. A portion of these funds promote public safety, health, and protection of our natural resources.

•A $4.6 million funding increase for the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, 5.5 percent more than fiscal 2017, to support hiring one additional narcotics officer to address opioid crisis, capital/equipment purchases, and a salary/merit increase for eligible staff.
•Five new Emergency Medical Service (EMS) employees to meet the growing demands of service in the Waldorf area.  
•Additional funding for the Department of Health to address the opioid crisis. Funding will support two peer recovery specialists who are trained in evidence-based methods to help people through stages of overdose recovery and funding for Narcan supplies used to reverse the effect of opioids. 
•Funding to begin the planning stages of replacing the Tri-County Animal Shelter.
•Preservation and protection of county land through various programs such as rural legacy, agricultural preservation, and purchase of development rights. 
•Funding to pursue partnership initiative with the Maryland State Park Service for Chapel Point State Park. 
•Funding to support the operations of Mallows Bay Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary. 
•Expansion of the Curbside Recycling Collection Program to serve 1,500 more homes.  
•Funding to pay for stormwater management requirements associated with the federal Clean Water Act.

Current fiscal 2017 and approved fiscal 2018 budget information, budget details, infographics, and documents are available online at: www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/budgetprocess


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.