Charles Co. Gov. News Briefs

Standard & Poor’s Upgrades Charles County Bond Rating

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Service in New York announced today Charles County’s rating on its generation obligation bonds raised from “AA+” to “AAA” with a stable outlook. “AAA” is the highest of Standard & Poor’s bond ratings. According to the news release, the rating upgrade reflects Standard & Poor’s opinion of several factors, including Charles County’s very strong economy with strong income and wealth levels, strong budgetary flexibility, and a diverse revenue stream.

“’AAA’ rating with Standard & Poor’s was a goal I hoped we would achieve,” said Commissioner President Candice Quinn Kelly. “During this economic environment, I am pleased we were recognized so favorably. The successful bond sale is the outcome of the efforts of the Commissioners and Charles County Government staff, specifically the Department of Fiscal and Administrative Services, who made presentations to three bond rating agencies in New York City.”

“This is the best rating possible, and I'm proud of the Fiscal and Administrative Services Department’s leadership and the direction taken by the Commissioners during budget deliberations. The ‘AAA’ rating gives the county an exceptional stamp of approval and represents tremendous savings for the taxpayers now and in the future. Some of the decisions were very difficult but were the right ones,” said Commissioner Vice President Reuben B. Collins, II (District 3).

“This is outstanding news for county government and especially for our citizens. It is confirmation that our fiscal policies are on target and are being recognized as such," said Commissioner Ken Robinson (District 1).

“It's an exciting time in our county. I'm pleased that the bond rating agencies recognize that we are making the tough decisions to ensure Charles County's financial security,” said Commissioner Debra M. Davis, Esq. (District 2). “My congratulations go to David Eicholtz, director of the Department of Fiscal and Administrative Services, and our entire finance team for a job well done. We now stand in the company of an elite group of counties nationwide holding the ‘AAA’ rating. The bottom line for our citizens is that we are in a position to borrow funds for infrastructure including roads, parks, and schools, at a lower interest rate, which will bring savings to our taxpayers. It's a sign of great management and leadership, and Standard & Poor's has given us its highest grade. I'm pleased to have been one of the presenters, and I’m thrilled with the outcome.”

Commissioner Bobby Rucci (District 4) said, “The ‘AAA’ rating from Standard & Poor's is great news for the taxpayers. We have county staff to thank, as well as the citizens who understand the hard decisions we had to make to keep vital services ongoing without the need to raise taxes this year.”

“The Standard & Poor’s upgrade to a ‘AAA’ rating is very rewarding. I compare it to receiving an ‘A+’ from your teacher on a school assignment. It is a very positive recognition from an expert evaluation of many factors, including our economy, debt structure, financial condition, demographics, and management practices. The Standard & Poor’s upgrade accompanies our other ‘AAA’ rating from Fitch. The ratings continue to show the financial markets that our bonds are a good investment. On a personal note, I am very delighted Standard & Poor’s recognized the hard work and valuable assets of our community,” said Dave Eicholtz, director of Fiscal and Administrative Services.

Swords in Action at March from Benedict Event

Step back into Benedict’s history with the Calvert-Arundel Swordsmen on Saturday, Aug. 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Maxwell Hall (17388 Teagues Point Road, Hughesville). The swordsmen will replicate lives and history during the War of 1812 era. As “Barney’s Irregulars,” the swordsmen portray members of the Chesapeake Flotilla, a collection of barges and gunboats assembled to stall British attacks in the Chesapeake Bay. During the War of 1812, swordsmen manned these barges and engaged British landing parties in the shallow waters of the Bay, most notably at the Battle of St. Leonard’s Creek in 1814.

Displays will include historic weapons ¾ 200-year-old cannons, firearms, and edged weapons ¾ other period artifacts, and reproductions. Experienced swordsmen will teach younger visitors about swordplay, and do some light bouting with them. Displays, interpretations, and fencing will take place throughout the day.

Greg Davis, director of the Calvert-Arundel Swordsmen said, “Come out for a new experience, hold things the museums won’t let you, and have the fun of learning about Maryland’s places and history.”

Relive a memorable time for Maryland and the Chesapeake, and commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 at March from Benedict event, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 30-31. For a full itinerary of activities, visit For more information, contact Rachel Reynolds, Promotions Specialist, at 301-645-0601, or Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

14th Annual Nanjemoy Heritage Day

On Saturday, Sept. 20, come join us to celebrate the 14th annual Nanjemoy Heritage Day. This event will be held at the Nanjemoy Community Center (4375 Port Tobacco Road) from noon until 3 p.m.

The festivities will begin with a lively parade. Following the parade, participants can enjoy live music, crafts for the kids, face painting, area artists, local heritage displays, classic cars, games, and much more. Refreshments and souvenir t-shirts will be available.

The Department of Community Services is looking for old family photos or artifacts in the Nanjemoy area to showcase. If you have a piece of Nanjemoy heritage to share or you would like to be part of the parade with a classic vehicle or antique farm equipment, contact the Nanjemoy Community Center coordinator at 301-246-9612.

For more information, call 301-246-9612. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD at 800-735-2258.

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