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The George Howard Building complex will be inaccessible to the public on Friday, March 12, 2021.  County drop-boxes will not be available to receive deliveries on that day.  Any document submissions that are due on March 12th, may be submitted on Monday, March 15th.

In response to COVID-19 closures and delays in USPS, Finance is extending the Aging in Place renewal and application deadline to June 30th. The Senior Tax Credit deadline will also be extended to October 1st, based on State requirements.

In response to significant USPS delays, the Department of Finance will deem payments postmarked prior to December 31st, 2020 as timely.
 

The Department of Finance will continue to deliver essential County services to residents throughout the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  As of 8:00 am on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, non-emergency County offices and facilities will be closed to the public until further notice.  Operations will continue through teleworking eligible employees and alternative payment and document processing. Click here for more information. 

Click here for details on the State-led audit of the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS), performed at the request of the County Executive and County Council.

FINANCE RESUMES PROCESSING OF CIVIL CITATIONS AND GENERAL COLLECTIONS

Pursuant to County Executive Order 2020-03 suspending the effect of legal and procedural deadlines, relevant civil citation procedures in Title 24 of the Howard County Code were suspended.  Similarly, the County suspended all general collection procedures.  County Executive Order 2020-04 delegates authority to department directors to reimpose deadlines, due dates, times of default and other periods of time if re-imposition of the deadline is necessary for continuity of effective government operations, is in the best interest of the County and its citizens, and may be done without endangering public health, safety and welfare. 

 

The Director of the Department of Finance administers the deadlines and time periods in Howard County Code sections 24.108 and 24.109, which concern the processing of civil citations issued by many County departments.   The Director of Finance also administers the general collection procedures of the County.  The Director of Finance finds that the re-imposition of the deadlines and time periods in 24.108 and 24.109 related to civil citations and all of the due dates for bill payments administered by the Department of Finance are necessary for continuity of effective government operations, is in the best interest of the County and its citizens, and may be done without endangering public health, safety and welfare.  Therefore, the deadlines, due dates, times of default, and other relevant time periods are re-imposed as of June 30, 2020. 

 

The Department of Finance serves many different customers. This includes residents, businesses, other County agencies, taxpayers, homeowners, County employees, retirees, bond holders, and investors. 

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