St. Mary's Co. Gov. News Briefs

Commissioners to Hold Budget Hearings on April 30

The Board of County Commissioners for St. Mary's County will hold a series of public hearings to present information about the Recommended FY2014 Operating and Capital Budget, as well as rescue tax rate increases for the Hollywood and Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squads, and the Constant Yield Tax Rate.

The hearings will take place on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at Chopticon High School, 25390 Colton point Road, Morganza, Maryland. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. with the proceedings beginning at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend and participate. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities should be requested by contacting the Public Information Office at 301-475-4200, extension 1340.

The hearings will be televised live on St. Mary's County Government TV 95 and taped for rebroadcast. Log on to or call 301-475-4200, extension 1340 for a schedule. The hearings will also be available for viewing on the county's website; click on "video" and then view Channel 95 "Live" on the web.

The evening will begin with a presentation of the FY2014 Budget, followed by the hearings in the order shown below:

-- Rescue Tax Rate Increase for Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad (affects only those citizens in that district)

-- Rescue Tax Rate Increase for Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad (affects only those citizens in that district)

-- Constant Yield Tax Rate

-- FY2014 Recommended Budget

Citizens wishing to make comments are required to sign in before the hearing begins. Comments will be limited to three minutes per person, five minutes for groups. Written comments can be submitted at the hearing or mailed to:

Board of County Commissioners for St. Mary's County
P.O. Box 653
Leonardtown, Maryland 20650 or via email to

Comments must be received by May 10, 2013 for consideration during budget work sessions scheduled in May.

The Recommended Budget for Fiscal Year 2014 can be found at all St. Mary's County Libraries and on the County's website at . Click on the Scribd tab to view or download.

The document is also available for viewing at the St. Mary's County Public Information Office inside the Chesapeake Building on the Government Center campus, 41770 Baldridge Street, first floor, Leonardtown.

STS to Begin Service to New Charlotte Hall Park and Ride Facility

Beginning May 13, 2013, the St. Mary's Transit System (STS) will begin providing service to the newly completed Charlotte Hall Park & Ride facility located on Golden Beach Road.

Stops at the new State constructed park and ride facility will be from the STS Northern Route between 8 am to 5 pm - Monday through Saturday. The approximate time for pick up will be 45 to 50 minutes after each hour.

For passenger pick up, please contact the STS office at 301-863-8400 ext. 1120 or notify the bus driver that your destination is the Charlotte Hall Park & Ride.

The Northern Route connects with both the Leonardtown and Charlotte Hall Routes, with the Charlotte Hall Route providing service to the Charles County's VanGo transit system.

For more information on our bus schedules and routes, please visit the DPW&T website at .

Anyone interested in advertising opportunities on or inside our buses, contact Cheseldine Management Consulting, LLC representative Margaret Cheseldine at 301-475-2272 and reference contract # SMC-11-DPWT-58660.

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