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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 and serves about 55,000 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.

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
@AKittleman, @HoCoGovExec

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

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

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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
@FriendsofTerri

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. Senators

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

Sen. Ben Cardin (D)
410-962-4436
@SenatorCardin

U.S. House of Representatives

Maryland 2nd District

Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D)
410-628-2701
@Call_Me_Dutch


Maryland 3rd District

Rep. John Sarbanes (D)
410-832-8890
@RepSarbanes


Maryland 7th District

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D)
410-465-8259
@RepCummings

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