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Guide to Howard County 2017: Government

Guide to Howard County 2017: Government

Howard County’s government operates a school system, a police department with 472 sworn officers, a fire department, a water and sewer system, a landfill and six branch libraries that have one of the highest per-capita circulation rates in the nation.

The county raises money principally from property and income taxes, and employs about 3,340 people in government services, public safety, facilities and community services. About 60 percent of the county budget of slightly more than $1 billion this fiscal year will pay for the county’s public schools, which are overseen by the seven elected members of the Howard County Board of Education. The school system employs about 8,100 people...