Residents, leaders vie for funding at Howard County budget hearing

County Executive Allan Kittleman began the fiscal 2019 budget cycle on a somewhat somber note Monday night, telling those gathered for the first budget public hearing that it was “not going to be an easy year for us,” before hearing about the myriad of projects and initiatives they wished to see funded. The county’s revenue growth was 40 percent less than the previous year, Kittleman said during the meeting, meaning the county will have less money to spend on the many agencies, organizations and community projects that seek funding. (Columbia Flier)

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Baltimore bike share to expand with 9 new stops

Two months after it was relaunched, Baltimore's bike share program is expanding with the addition of nine new rental stations. Bewegen Technologies Inc., the Canadian company that produces the bikes and stations for the system, announced in a newsletter to riders that it planned to install new stops around the city and roll out more bikes by the end of the year. The newsletter said the stops would be arriving by the end of the month, as well as "more bikes," though it did not give an exact number. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Anne Arundel sees new record for fatal opioid overdoses

Anne Arundel County has seen a record number of deaths caused by opioid overdoses in 2017, the second straight year for the county. As of Dec. 6, the county has seen 142 people die due to opioid-related overdoses, according to statistics compiled by the Anne Arundel County Police Department. The year-to-date total eclipses 2016’s year-end total of 119 with three weeks left in the year. The increase is not as steep year-over-year as it was this time in 2016, when the county saw its rate of fatal overdoses nearly double. (Capital)

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Md. boaters can renew their vessels online

Maryland boat owners can now renew their vessel registration online, Department of Natural Resources announced. The new digital platform can be accessed through the department’s online licensing and registration service. Users only need their hull identification and vessel numbers to complete the transaction. Upon completion, the customer will receive a receipt that will serve as a 30-day temporary registration and should be kept on the vessel at all times. Original registration and decals will be sent by mail within 10 business days, DNR said. (Daily Times)

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December 12 // Harford property tax credit bill benefiting retired vets, seniors is signed by county executive

Harford County Bill 17-021, which gives property tax credits to retired military veterans 65 and older and senior citizens who have lived in the same house for at least 40 years, was signed into law by County Executive Barry Glassman Friday. Glassman sponsored the legislation. County Councilman James McMahan signed on as a co-sponsor after the legislation was introduced on Oct. 17. The County Council passed the legislation on a 5-1 vote Dec. 5. (Aegis)

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Baltimore-area home sales, prices climb in November

Baltimore-area home sales and prices continued to climb in November as the inventory of available homes sunk to a 10-year low. A total of 3,003 homes sold for a median prices of $254,000, up 5.8 percent from the same time last year and the highest November sales volume and median price in a decade, according to a ShowingTime report released Monday. Active listings declined by 11 percent, to 9,712, marking the 27th consecutive month of declining year-over-year inventory levels and the lowest November level in a decade, according to the monthly report, based on listing activity from MRIS, a division of the multiple-listing service Bright MLS. (Balt. Sun)

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Dr. Moy named head of Harford Health Department

Dr. Russell W. Moy has been appointed as the Harford County Health Officer by the Maryland Department of Health and the Harford County Council. Moy, 64, who had been acting head of the Harford County department since the July retirement of former health officer Susan Kelly, will have countywide responsibility for health improvement, health policy, care coordination and clinical health services for vulnerable and underserved populations of the county, according to a department news release. (Aegis)

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Baltimore power plant, incinerator linked to health problems for nearby residents

The RESCO plant sits at the end of Russell Street, near Baltimore’s two sports stadiums. Basically it’s a combination of an incinerator and a power plant, it burns Baltimore’s trash to make steam and generate electricity, but that isn’t all it makes. “The plant emits nitrous oxide, ozone and fine particulate matter,” said Alison Prost of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Prost says for people with asthma, COPD and heart disease, it makes it harder for them to breath. (WJZ-CBS)

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