Officials discuss State of County in Frederick County, Md.

Officials discuss State of County in Frederick County, Md.

The Frederick County Board of Commissioners and other county officials met Thursday to discuss the future of the Frederick County, Maryland.
FREDERICK COUNTY, Md - Frederick County officials, including the Board of County Commissioners and other department heads met to talk about the State of the County Thursday.

Board of County Commissioner President Blaine Young said the county is headed in the right direction.

“We’re on stable healthy [financial] ground and starting to see a small return of growth on the accessible base with property taxes, job growth is on the up tick,” said Young.

Continued job growth is at the top of the agenda. As of October 2013, the County’s unemployment rate was 5.7 percent, down from 6.2 percent from January. Frederick County's unemployment rate is below both the state and national unemployment rates.

Thousands of jobs have been created in the County since 2009 to keep residents working where they live. While the Marriott and Gazette Newspaper left the area, Emmitsburg Glass and Wright Manufacturing both expanded, among other local businesses.

A number of county government positions have been cut.

“We’ve done a lot more with a lot less in terms of our total county employees,” said Young.  “Many projects with our municipalities also with infrastructure, with moving up school construction projects, [and doing] a lot of road infrastructure. And making tough decisions to live within our means.”

Enhancing public safety, agriculture preservation and transportation and traffic in Frederick County are among other top concerns county officials say they’ll take a closer look.

County officials also said they hope to extend the 911 texting program they already have in place for Verizon users to all service providers.

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