FY25 Worcester Budget Maintains Tax Rate, Increases Education Funding by $5.38 million

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The Worcester County Commissioners have approved the Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25) Operating Budget. The budget amount is $261,917,617. Worcester County Commissioner President Chip Bertino says this is a fiscally conservative budget that allocates funding to cover vital public services and needed capital projects without burdening property owners and taxpayers. The FY25 budget maintains the real…

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New Buckingham Elementary School on Hold in Worcester County

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Worcester County Commissioners voted Tuesday to pause the construction of a new Buckingham Elementary School – due to lack of state funding for design plans. While Commissioners are committed to this project, they need the Board of Education to take the needed steps to move this project forward. The plans for the new school exceeded…

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Public Hearing During Worcester County Commissioners Meeting Tuesday Canceled

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A public hearing scheduled for Tuesday’s Worcester County Commissioner’s meeting on Bill 23-03 – Zoning – Separation Distances for Commercial non-Ag Functions in Agricultural Structures and Lands in the A-2 Ag District – has been tabled at the request of the applicant. A new date will be advertised if the applicant requests to reschedule the…

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Kim Reynolds Named New Worcester County Budget Officer

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The Worcester County Commissioners appointed Kim Reynolds to serve as the new budget officer. Reynolds, the former senior budget accountant, brings 22 years of experience in accounting and grants compliance to this position. She is a vital member of the financial management team that develops the multi-year fiscal plans to assist with annual budget forecasting.…

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Worcester County Commissioners Issue Declaration of Local State of Emergency for Winter Storm Blizzard

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Today (Friday) the Worcester County Commissioners issued a Declaration of Local State of Emergency effective beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, January 28, 2022. Public health and safety remain the top priorities of the commissioners throughout the storm. Therefore, all citizens are strongly urged to remain indoors and off roadways throughout the duration of the…

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Vacancy Filled On Worcester County Board of Education

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A law enforcement veteran who serves with the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office has been appointed to the County Board of Education. Nate Passwaters will represent District Six, the northern portion of Worcester County. The opening was created by the passing of former Board of Education President Eric Cropper Senior. “This has been a difficult process…

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Worcester Co. To End COVID-19 Local State Of Emergency

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Worcester County will lift the local COVID-19 state of emergency effective July 1st. With that, the executive order that allows expanded outdoor seating and carry-out and delivery of alcoholic beverage also will expire. Outdoor seating that was permitted solely through the executive orders shall be removed as required by the Worcester County Health Department, or…

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Worcester Co. Commissioners Name New Warden

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The Worcester County Jail has a new Warden. Fulton Holland has been named by County Commissioners to oversee the jail. Holland takes over for retiring Warden Donna Bounds. Holland has 23 years of experience in law enforcement and corrections and is a certified corrections officer. His career with the Worcester County Jail dates back to…

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Worcester Co. Examines Pandemic Impact On Public Safety

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The Worcester County Commissioners have scheduled a special session this afternoon (Wednesday) to learn from some first responders who have served on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Representatives of fire and ambulance companies will explain how the pandemic has impacted their service. The special session takes place today at 4:00 p.m. at the…

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Commissioners Rescind Ban on Short Term Rentals in Unincorporated Areas of Worcester County

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On Thursday the Worcester County Commissioners rescinded their prior ban on all short-term rentals in the unincorporated areas of Worcester County. Effective at 5:00 p.m., all short-term rentals may resume in West Ocean City, Ocean Pines, and all other unincorporated areas of Worcester County, Maryland, in accordance with the lifting of Governor Larry Hogan’s Stay-At-Home…

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