Howard County County Executive Allan Kittleman speaks at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.
Howard County County Executive Allan Kittleman speaks at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. (Nate Pesce / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Howard County’s government operates a school system, a police department with about 500 sworn officers, a fire department, a water and sewer system, a landfill and six branch libraries that have the highest per-capita circulation rate in the state.

The county raises money principally from property and income taxes, and employs about 3,300 people in government services, public safety, facilities and community services. More than 52 percent of the county budget of nearly $1.1 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 8,412 people and serves approximately 57,000 students.

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County Executive Allan H. Kittleman and members on the five-seat County Council were elected in 2014 for four-year terms. This year’s elections for county offices will culminate Nov. 6.

COLUMBIA ASSOCIATION

The Columbia Association (CA) resembles a local government, private organization, recreation business and civic organization rolled into one. It’s a private, nonprofit community service corporation with a board of directors elected by the residents of Columbia’s 10 villages. Supported by two major revenue sources — an annual “tax” paid by Columbians and fees charged for its programs and services — CA operates a broad scope of facilities such as parks, pathways, pools, tennis courts, fitness clubs, golf courses and more than 3,600 acres of open space.

CA’s system of governance also filters down to the neighborhood level. Each Columbia village has its own community association and resident-elected village board, which represents residents on neighborhood issues and CA policies and procedures.

COUNTY EXECUTIVE

Allan H. Kittleman (R)

410-313-2013

COUNTY COUNCIL

410-313-2001, cc.howardcountymd.gov

Jon Weinstein (D) District 1, @HC_JonWeinstein

Calvin Ball (D) District 2, @CalvinBallTeam

Jennifer Terrasa (D) District 3, @JenTerrasa

Mary Kay Sigaty (D) District 4, @MaryKaySigaty

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Greg Fox (R) District 5

STATE AND NATIONAL

County citizens are represented in the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis by three senators and eight delegates from three legislative districts. Each serves a four-year term.

MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY

410-841-3000, mgaleg.maryland.gov

District 9

Sen. Gail Bates (R): 410-841-3671, @GailHBates

District 9A

Del. Trent Kittleman (R): 410-841-3556, @TrentKittleman

Del. Warren Miller (R): 410-841-3582, @delwarmill

District 9B

Del. Robert Flanagan (R): 410-841-3077, @FlanaganForEC

District 12

Sen. Edward Kasemeyer (D): 410-841-3653

District 12

Del. Eric Ebersole (D): 410-841-3328, @ericebersole

Del. Terri L. Hill (D): 410-841-3378, @TerriHillMD

Del. Clarence K. Lam (D): 410-841-3205, @ClarenceLamMD

District 13

Sen. Guy J. Guzzone (D): 410-841-3572, @GuyGuzzone

Del. Vanessa Atterbeary (D): 410-841-3471, @VAtterbeary

Del. Shane Pendergrass (D): 410-841-3139

Del. Frank S. Turner (D): 410-841-3246

U.S. SENATE

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D): 202-224-4654, @ChrisVanHollen

Sen. Ben Cardin (D): 202-224-4524, @SenatorCardin

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Maryland 2nd District

Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D)

202-225-3061, @Call_Me_Dutch

Maryland 3rd District

Rep. John Sarbanes (D)

202-225-4741, @RepSarbanes

Maryland 7th District

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D)

202-225-4741, @RepCummings

Best of Howard County: 75 favorites for 2017

From the time the readers’ poll launches in August to the issue’s delivery in December, businesses, nonprofits and readers alike are abuzz in anticipation of who might take home the coveted Best of Howard County title.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT SERVICES

Office of Public Information

410-313-3000, TTY 410-313-2323, howardcountymd.gov

Animal Control & Adoption Center

8576 Davis Road, Columbia

Board of Elections

410-313-5820, howardcountymd.gov/BOE

@HoCoBOEMaryland

Bureau of Environmental Services (trash and recycling)

Alpha Ridge Landfill, 2350 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville

Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits

410-313-2455, myhoward.info

Fire and Rescue

410-313-6000 (non-emergency), hcdfrs.org

Maryland Access Point

410-313-1234, howardcountymd.gov/map

Motor Vehicle Administration

Columbia Express Office, 6490 Dobbin Road, Columbia

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410-768-7000, TTY 800-492-4575, mva.maryland.gov/locations/howardcounty.htm

Office of ADA Coordination

410-313-6431, howardcountymd.gov/ada

Police Department

General inquiries: 410-313-3200

Crime tips: 410-313-7867

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