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Guide to Howard County 2016: Government

Guide to Howard County 2016: Government
Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman. (Nicole Munchel / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Howard County’s government operates a school system, a police department with 479 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 3,323 people in government services, public safety, facilities and community services. Slightly more than half of the government’s expected $900 million in revenue 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 8,000 people.
County Executive Allan H. Kittleman and members on the five-seat County Council were elected in 2014 for four-year terms.
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 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
Jon Weinstein (D) District 1
Calvin Ball (D) District 2
Jennifer Terrasa (D) District 3
Mary Kay Sigaty (D) District 4
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.
LOCAL MEMBERS OF THE MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
District 9
Sen. Gail Bates (R)
410-841-3671
District 9A
Del. Trent Kittleman (R)
410-841-3556
Del. Warren Miller (R)
410-841-3582
District 9B
Del. Bob Flanagan (R)
410-841-3077
District 12
Sen. Edward Kasemeyer (D)
410-841-3653
District 12
Del. Eric Ebersole (D)
410-841-3328
Del. Terri L. Hill (D)
410-841-3378
Del. Clarence K. Lam (D)
410-841-3205
District 13
Sen. Guy J. Guzzone (D)
410-841-3572
Del. Vanessa Atterbeary (D)
410-841-3471
Del. Frank S. Turner (D)
410-841-3246
Del. Shane Pendergrass (D)
410-841-3139
U.S. SENATORS
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D)
410-962-4510
Sen. Ben Cardin (D)
410-962-4436
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Maryland 2nd District
Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D)
410-628-2701
Maryland 3rd District
Rep. John Sarbanes (D)
410-832-8890
Maryland 7th District
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D)
410-465-8259
LOCAL GOVERNMENT SERVICES
Driver’s Licenses
Motor Vehicle Administration
800-950-1682
410-768-7000
TTY 800-492-4575
mva.maryland.gov
MVA Express Office Columbia
6490 Dobbin Road
800-950-1682
TTY 800-492-4575
mva.maryland.gov/locations/howardcounty.htm
Licenses
Howard County Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits
(includes animal licenses)
410-313-2455
myhoward.infohowardcountymd.gov
Voter Information
Howard County Board of Elections
410-313-5820
howardcountymd.gov/BOE
Recycling & Trash
Bureau of Environmental Services
410-313-6444
howardcountymd.gov/recyclinghowardcountymd.gov/curbsidecollections
Information & Referral
Office of Public Information
410-313-3000
TTY 410-313-2323
howardcountymd.gov
Howard County Police Department
General Inquiries: 410-313-3200
Crime Tips: 410-313-7867
hcpd.org
@HCPDnews 
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