Capital Improvement Program proposes to spend $379M
Maryland — The Howard County Council will soon consider the 2024 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), a plan that seeks $379 million in funding for education, flood control and stormwater management, bike and pedestrian infrastructure, road maintenance, public safety and other needs of the city.
- $75.2 million in general obligation bonds which remain near a 10-year low.
- $79.3 million in one-time pay-as-you-go funding.
- State funding commitments.
- Other dedicated revenue sources.
The CIP highlights various initiatives, including:
Education: Fully funds the board of education’s capital funding request of $67.7 million, which includes county funding of $51.6 million and state aid of $16.1 million. Proposed improvements include:
- $35 million in pass-through funding to advance a new regional pre-kindergarten center.
- $26.3 million to support system renovations and address maintenance across the school system.
- $13 million for renovation and expansion of career and technology education.
- $7 million to complete construction of Guilford Park High School.
- $5.5 million for IT improvements.
- $4.5 million to expand Dunloggin Middle School.
- $4.4 million to renovate and add on to Oakland Mills Middle School.
- $3.9 million for various school needs, including roofing, relocatable classrooms, playground equipment and more.
Howard Community College will benefit from $13.3 million for construction of its new mathematics and athletics complex and $1 million for system renovations.
Public Safety: The spending plan includes the acquisition and renovation of the State Armory in Ellicott City to increase storage capacity for the fire and rescue services. Also, the proposal includes $2.6 million for renovations to the detention center.
Transportation: The proposal includes $12.8 million in funding for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure.
Recreation and Parks: Construction and renovation of additional parking lots, pathways, sports courts and historic sites are included at a cost of $18.8 million.
Infrastructure Revitalization: This budget addresses a backlog in maintenance for stormwater ponds, road resurfacing, water and sewer repair and replacement, systemic renovation and more.
Community Services: The CIP includes funds to design to repurpose the existing 50+ facility into a new multi-service center, support for the new Family Support Center in Columbia, and safety and security enhancements to the Harriet Tubman Cultural Center.
Technology Infrastructure and Enhancement: The proposed budget includes $7.5 million to upgrade and modernize technology and infrastructure.