Tax Relief And Funds To Build Schools Highlight Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner’s Proposed 2023 Budget

Jan Gardner

Nine school construction projects were proposed.

Frederick, Md. (NS) – For her proposed 2023 fiscal year budget, Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner announced this morning plans to cut taxes for certain residents.

“So I am proposing lowering the income tax rate to taxpayers who file joint returns that have taxable income of $100,000 or less and for taxpayers who file a single status return with a taxable income of $50,000 or less and that is a reduction of about 7% in the income tax rate,” said Gardner.

She said these cuts target taxpayers who need relief the most.

Funding for schools was also announced including nine accelerated school construction projects.

“My six year CIP (Capital Improvement Plan) for schools also includes a new elementary school to address overcrowding on the east side of the City of Frederick to accommodate students from the new development of the Renn property and a few other housing projects that have been approved by the city, another elementary school in the northwestern portion of Frederick City in the Tuscarora Creek Crossing development and a new replacement Libertytown Elementary School,” explained Gardner.

The CIP adds over 2,500 seats in schools over the next 6 years.

Gardner introduced other proposed investments including body cameras for police, funding for a police accountability board, doubling funding for agriculture preservation, funds for mental health care, food distribution for seniors, and increased pay for county employees.

The County Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget on April 19 at 6 p.m.