Howard Magazine - Page 18 - Government

Howard Magazine
- Page 18

Howard County’s government operates a school system, a police department with nearly 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 more than 3,000 people in government services, public safety, facilities and community services. More than 64 percent of the county budget of $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 8,400 people and serves almost 58,000 students.


County Executive Calvin Ball and members on the five-seat County Council were elected in 2018 for four-year terms.


Columbia Association


Columbia Association (CA) is a private, nonprofit corporation that resembles a local government, recreation business and civic organization rolled into one. Its board of directors are elected by property owners and the residents of Columbia’s 10 villages.


Supported by two major revenue sources— annual property owners’ fees and membership fees charged for programs and services— CA operates a broad scope of facilities such as parks, pathways, pools, tennis courts and golf courses, and