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Yes, the County’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) can be found on the Accounting Section page for the Department of Budget, Finance & Information Technology. http://www.qac.org/584/Accounting-Section
Yes, the County posts requests for proposals and invitations to bid on the County website and on eMaryland Marketplace. The County’s Procurement Policy and bid postings can be found on the Procurement page for the Department of Budget, Finance & Information Technology. http://www.qac.org/593/Procurement
Bay Bridge Airport carries 100LL fuel which is available to customers self-serve 24/7, including all holidays. The fuel station is on the S ramp, to the East of transient parking. You will need a credit card to operate the pumps.
There is no fee to land at Bay Bridge Airport. If you plan to remain parked for longer than 1 hour, the fee is $5 for the day, $10 for overnight (1 day or night fee waived with fuel purchase over $25). Longer stays -over 8 nights - will be charged at the monthly rate of $85/mth. Transient parking is directly in front of the FBO on the S ramp, and all transient tie-down spots are painted blue.
Please be advised that there are noise abatement procedures in effect. These are published on our website as well as described on the AWOS recording. In addition, there is high Gyro activity at this field. All Gyro operations in the pattern are on the N side.
We have both paved and grass tie-downs available. Grass is $70/mth, and paved spots are $85/mth. All of our hangars are currently rented. If you are interested in joining the hangar waitlist please contact the office at 410-643-4364 to inquire.
Bay Bridge Airport does not offer a crew car. Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Stevensville will often arrange car drop off/pick up with you, and can be reached at 410-604-6154. Uber is also an option. Please see our website for an up to date list of all available options.
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Every page, image and video on the internet comes to your home computer or mobile device as small pieces of data, or packets. How fast these packets move on the network is measured in Megabits per second, abbreviated Mbps. Broadband technology can move those packets to and from your home much more quickly than older technologies such as dial-up used to access a modem using a telephone line. A broadband connection has two speeds: download and upload. Download speed is the speed of getting information from the internet to your computer, and upload speed is the reverse.
Here are some useful general resources:
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) defines the minimum rural broadband speed at 25 Mbps download and 3Mbps upload. The ease of basic internet browsing – measured by the time it takes to download a page – improves with higher speeds up to 10 Mbps, but not beyond. However, higher speeds may be beneficial for demanding applications such as HD streaming video or moving large graphics files.
Digital subscriber line (DSL, or “dial-up”), cable, fiber, wireless, and satellite. Of these options, fiber “to the home” (meaning a wire connected directly to your residence) is the fastest and most reliable according to the FCC.
Enter your address using this tool from the FCC to see providers available to you. Many people use their cell phone as an internet source, creating a “hot spot” (read more here), and more powerful hotspots can also be purchased. Those methods rely on wireless communication. This cellmapper tool will show all available cell phone towers in your area along with the providers that use them.
Yes. Read here for more information. Upgrading your router/modem could make a huge impact in increased speeds without increasing your monthly bill.
In January 2018, QAC established a Broadband Advisory Council (BAC) with representation across all four districts. Since this time, the BAC has interviewed every internet service provider (ISP) in the area to discuss their possible involvement in expanding broadband in QAC. This process resulted in hiring an outside consultant (CTC Technology and Energy) to obtain a high-level understanding and estimated cost to serve unserved and underserved areas in QAC (read the strategic plan). Its main findings were:
“Most residents of Queen Anne’s County have access to a mix of internet services, but many
locations do not have robust broadband services. For example, Comcast delivers service in only
a small portion of the County. And while Atlantic Broadband provides residential wired broadband service in the County’s denser neighborhoods, it does not provide service that meets the definition of broadband in sparsely populated areas. Because of the challenging economics of broadband deployment in rural areas, private ISPs likely will not invest in ubiquitous broadband infrastructure in currently unserved parts of the County absent some sort of financial support. State and federal funding programs may present the County and its potential partners with opportunities to fill some broadband gaps.”
Prior to the completion of the strategic plan, QAC partnered with the state of Maryland on a grant application to provide service to an underserved, but “shovel-ready” District 2 region to connect a neighborhood too far from the main fiber line. The project was completed in December of 2020. The BAC meets monthly to review areas appropriate for fiber and wireless projects, meet with ISPs, evaluate contracts, and apply for grants. All meetings are open to the public.
In May 2020, the BAC recommended to the QAC Commissioners strategic uses for federal CARES Act funds made available during the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to June 2020 approval of broadband expansion to unserved areas in District 1. This project was completed at the end of December 2020.
CARES Act funding also enabled building a public wireless network on public lands, parks and libraries, to bring broadband to additional unserved and underserved communities. This project, in partnership with Atlantic Broadband, was cut short due to staffing cuts at the company, and the only project completed was a Wi-Fi network at the 4-H Park.
In January 2021, the BAC submitted nine applications for a federal grant to expand existing broadband networks for QAC’s three fiber ISPs: Atlantic Broadband, ThinkBig, and Talkie Communications. Pending approval, this expansion will cover a few hundred residences.
In addition, the BAC drafted for Commissioners’ approval letters of recommendation for ISPs to apply to the Maryland State Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program. This program allows the ISPs to apply without County involvement.
Also, the American Rescue Plan Act was recently voted into law as a part of federal pandemic relief efforts, and communities across the nation will be receiving resources for broadband.
See this map. The BAC estimates that approximately 4,000 residences of the County are unserved or underserved.
There are many reasons why an area does not have broadband access, but the three most common reasons are funding, geography, and density. ISPs will only provide service in the areas they can get a return on their investment. If the housing isn’t dense enough in a particular area, it may not be fiscally responsible for them to provide their service there. The rougher the terrain, the higher the installation cost. The County has no jurisdiction over what companies do; however, as noted earlier, QAC works with companies on public-private partnerships to expand broadband access countywide.
QAC does not prohibit any ISPs from bringing their services anywhere in the County. However, the BAC has learned that because Atlantic broadband has a non-exclusive franchise agreement with QAC to provide cable television services, other ISPs do not see a suitable return on investment. They would have to convince a large proportion of current Atlantic Broadband subscribers to change from their current provider to a new service. Overbuilds are more typical in extremely densely populated areas where more infrastructure is available.
ISPs are typically willing to work with you to have you dig your own trenches for them to install their fiber. The BAC suggests reaching out to your closest ISP (see list at end) to see what their specifications are and who they might recommend for this work if you don’t have heavy digging equipment available yourself.
You can help the County’s broadband access grow! Lobby your community leaders and legislators and give examples. Email your Commissioner with concerns or ideas and/or email your elected representatives. You can also participate in surveys (see links below) that show you are un or underserved. These surveys are used to determine where demand is greatest. You can also participate in a BAC meeting to express concerns and stay engaged in what is happening with broadband locally.
Yes the approved budget and all budget work session files can be found on the Fiscal Year Budget Information page for the Department of Budget, Finance & Information Technology. http://www.qac.org/588/Fiscal-Year-Budget-Information
Yes three Public Hearings including a tax rate hearing are held before the budget is adopted each year. Public hearings are held at three different locations; Stevensville, Centreville, and Sudlersville. The schedule along with the public hearing presentation can be found on the Fiscal Year Budget Information page for the Department of Budget, Finance & Information Technology.
Yes taxes, utility bills and special benefit assessment can be paid online or by phone. For more information visit the Pay Taxes & Utility Bills page for the Department of Budget, Finance & Information Technology.
Yes, information on property records and utility accounts can be found online. Visit the Property Record & Utility Account Search page for the Department of Budget, Finance & Information Technology.
The County Budget is adopted each year prior to the start of the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1. The budget schedule, work session materials and proposed & approved budget documents can be found here.
The tax sale is the 3rd Tuesday in May of each year and starts at 10 a.m. The sale is located in the Queen Anne's County Commissioner's meeting room at 107 N Liberty Street in Centreville. The meeting room is on the 2nd floor.
The County tax rates can be found on the Department of Budget, Finance & Information technology page here: http://www.qac.org/1188/Countys-Tax-Rates
Yes, the County’s CAFR can be found on the Accounting Section page for the Department of Budget, Finance & Information Technology.
Yes, the County posts requests for proposals and invitations to bid on the County website and on eMaryland Marketplace. The County’s Procurement Policy and bid postings can be found on the Procurement page for the Department of Budget, Finance & Information Technology.
Whenever there is an immediate danger to life or property. It should be used to report fires, crimes in progress, or medical emergencies.
Power outages, traffic conditions, weather reports, school closing or to request info about special events or municipal services.
NG9-1-1 is an Emergency Services IP network combining Data Bases and data management to create an ever evolving, fully functional 9-1-1 system that is accessible, anytime, anywhere, from any device.
This service allows cellular carriers to deliver text messages (SMS) to 9-1-1 centers that are capable of handling these types of messages. This service is not yet available in Queen Anne’s County.
To schedule a tour or request a speaker please call in advance 410-758-4500 x 1100
You can listen to local radio or TV, follow The Department of Emergency Services on social media and check our website.
Fill out the following form and return to the Department of Emergency Services. There is a $25.00 fee and it can take up to 30 days to process.
The County Commissioners share their office with the County Administrator, on the Second Floor of the Liberty Building at 107 N. Liberty Street, Centreville, Maryland.
The County Commissioners hold their meetings on Tuesdays in the County Commissioners’ Meeting Room, located on the Second Floor of the Liberty Building at 107 N. Liberty Street, Centreville, Maryland. The Commissioners convene at 5:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the Month. (scheduled times are subject to change, except for public hearings) The public is welcome to attend any of these meetings. Occasionally, portions of the meetings are conducted in closed session (ex. personnel, legal and land acquisition) and the door to the hearing room will be posted as to whether or not you may enter.
To set up a phone account through Securus call 1-800-844-6591
The detention center is currently conducting a program in which the family/ friends may purchase food items for their loved ones thru icaregifts.com Once, the food items have been purchased the Detention Center kitchen will prepare and serve the items to the inmates on Wednesdays at dinner time.
To send food go to icaregifts.com, choose a state, then navigate finding the inmate by name, and make the purchase.
Send via US mail only as per following policy: POLICY - All incoming mail must be sent to the Detention Center in white, legal or letter sized envelopes. Incoming legal mail will be exempt from the white envelope rule, however the handling officer who searches the legal mail in front of the inmate, must retain the envelope and dispose of it. Any mail that does not fall within the guidelines will be returned to the sender. Mail will be returned to the sender for reasons to include, but not limited to, those items noted below: o No inmate name o Stickers of any kind (including return address labels) o Rubber inked stamps o Tape o Colored pencil(s), markers, glitter, crayons, paint, watercolors or wax on any part of the envelope or in the body of the correspondence o Paperclips or staples o Correction tape/fluid o Greeting cards o Colored envelopes (except legal mail) o Padded envelopes o Any non-paper items o Plastics or anything laminated or made of cardboard o Anything gang related (photos, colors, writing symbols or hand gestures) o Homemade cards or poster cards o Blank paper, blank cards or stamps o Magazines and books (individual subscriptions to one newspaper allowed) o Items having suspicious stains or markings o Instant camera photos (i.e. Polaroids) o Food items or cosmetic items o Photos of any size or type o Pictures or drawings of nude, obscene or sexually explicit material o Musical or recordable cards o Foreign unidentified substances o Correspondence in code o Magazine or newspaper clippings o Identification cards or facsimiles o Lottery tickets or prepaid phone cards o Mail that violates a no-contact order or other court order o Cash, personal checks or second party checks o Pages from books o Computer printouts o Mail decorated with beads, ribbons, springs, etc. o Sports statistics for gambling o Paper folded in the form of origami o Letters with strong perfume-like or unusual odors o Letters with no return name or address o Inmate-to-inmate correspondence o Clothing items (Court clothing must be approved by administration and can be delivered in person only, one week prior to trial date.) o Over-the-counter or prescription medication o Digital memory cards/thumb drives o Hate or threatening related written or printed material NOTE: Disallowed material shall include items meeting the definition of contraband. Also, as noted above, correspondence may not consist of or contain adhesives, metal, hard plastics, sound chips and unusual devices or decoration. All returned mail will be marked or stamped "Return to Sender" on the envelope.
Visitation on Saturday and Sundays only. Call 410-758-3817 for inmates visiting schedule (Hours are based on inmate placement) . Children's weekend is the first full weekend of the month.
You can send money via Access Corrections website or download the mobile app for your device https://www.accesscorrections.com/#/ or you may also use the kiosk located in the lobby of the QAC Detention Center to send money to an inmate or by calling 1-866-345-1884, but you must obtain the inmate’s current BOOKING number
Children may visit on the first full weekend of the month
If someone is interested constructing a new building, which is called a site plan, or creating another lot from their existing lot, which is called a subdivision, that requires review by this department of Planning & Zoning.
Development Review is within the Department of Planning and Zoning is located at 110 Vincit Street, Centreville MD 21617. Find us here. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8AM to 430PM. We are closed for most national holidays. See holidays here. You may always call us at 410-758-1255.
You can determine what zoning district you are in by going here and entering the address in the Search box at the top right. Then in the Layers (bottom left click that ON) go to the Planning layer and expand it by clicking on the "+" symbol and then checking the boxes for both "planning" and "zoning".
You may also call or visit this office if you are unable to access the Property Viewer/GIS on the County's website. Additionally, you may email us and we can send you a print out via email that has the zoning information.
Depending on the existing or proposed structure or use on your property, there are various required distances from property lines or other uses; aka setbacks. Setbacks can vary greatly depending on the zoning district. Sometimes setbacks are referred to as "building restriction lines" or "BRLs". If you know your zoning district, you can find your setbacks here.
Please see the FAQ for the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area and Critical Area Buffer.
Emergency Management is the lead division of a comprehensive and integrated system of planning, entrusted with ensuring necessary mitigation, response and recovery when the community is preparing for or faced with disaster.
You can listen to local radio or TV, follow The Department of Emergency Services on social media and check our website. Using a NOAA weather radio and signing up for Emergency Citizen Alerts are also ways to stay informed.
Click the link below and follow the registration instructions.
Click the link above for a list of items that are recommended for an Emergency Supply Kit
DES does not activate emergency shelters unless they areneeded. The location and details will be announced by the local media, on the county website, throughEmergency Citizen Alerts and on social media.
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Please download the forms found here and return to the Department of Emergency Services
Fill out the form found here and return to the Department of Emergency Services
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You can call 410-758-4500 during office hours.
Communications (911 Center)
Emergency Medical Services (Paramedics, EMT's)
Support Services (Information Technology and Radio Support)
Special Operations (Emergency Management, Animal Control, Training)
Fire Marshal (Inspections)
Business hours are the same as other county offices from 8am - 4:30 pm although emergency services are available and staffed 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Yes! Proceed to the QAC GIS Open Data Portal
Imagery from 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, and 2008 are available from the State of Maryland. Queen Anne’s County has additional imagery from: 2004, 1998, 1997, 1991, 1989, 1978, 1963, 1957, and 1937. All imagery can be found in the Property Viewer. To explore historic imagery check out the Historic Image Viewer.
Yes, but unfortunately it isn’t as easy as just receiving funds to help. You will need to come in and meet with one our Housing Program Administrators so that we can determine which resources will best suit your circumstances. On occasion our requests are so high that we run out of available funds. If that happens we will work with you to help you find other resources. To set up an appointment call the Division of Housing at 410-758-3977 to make an appointment.
Yes, we do! The Rental Allowance Program (RAP) is a grant to Queen Anne's County from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. It provides rent subsidies to low-income residents who are either homeless or have an emergency housing need. The goal of the program is to enable them to move from homelessness or temporary emergency housing into permanent housing and to return to self-sufficiency. Funding is limited.
Yes, if you are a renter and have a concern about the condition of your home, and the landlord is not responding to your concerns you may call the Inspector at 410-758-3977. He works to ensure rental structures and premises meet minimum property maintenance standards in accordance with the Queen Anne's County Housing Code.
The Department of Housing and Community Services is located at 104 Powell Street, Centreville, MD, located behind the Goodwill Volunteer Fire Department. You can reach us at 410-758-3977. Office hours are 8:00-4:30 Monday-Friday
The Housing Authority assists with Housing Choice Vouchers, also known as “Section 8” and rental communities. Rental Communities Include: Fisher Manor, Foxxtown, Grasonville Terrace, Riverside Estates and Terrapin Grove. If you have questions regarding Section 8 housing or any of the rental communities, please contact the Housing Authority at 410-758-8634.
No, the Division of Housing is a resource offered by Queen Anne’s County through the Department of Community Services. We work to help all Queen Anne’s County citizens who need help become self-sufficient. We do this through a variety of different services that cover all ends of the spectrum from homeless assistance, to enforcing housing livability codes, housing rehabilitation and providing mortgages to support workforce housing. We also oversee the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for the County.
Yes we have several loan programs that may be available to help you buy a home. Programs in this area are available to moderate income residents. Call 410-758-3977 for more information and to see if you qualify.
Yes, the Critical Workforce Program offers second mortgage financing to first-time home buyers who meet the program guidelines. The purpose of the program is to ensure that the county continues to have an adequate supply of workers in local jobs that are critical to the safety and well- being of our county residents. The loan cannot exceed 33% of the total purchase price or the appraised value of the home and property, whichever is less.
Yes. The Home Repair Program is designed to repair serious health or safety hazards of owner-occupied homes of low-income senior citizens or handicapped persons. Due to limited funding, the amount allotted for emergency repairs cannot exceed $500.
Yes, the above stated requirement applies to new modular homes as well. Existing modular homes being moved from another jurisdiction do not require a sprinkler system provided there are no alterations or additions to the home.
Machine readable raw data including tabular data and spatial data. Examples of datasets include information on capital projects, revenue, property assessments, and permits.
Yes. Publishing data is an ongoing effort and new tables are added monthly (at a minimum). Please come back often to explore newly published datasets.
No. Anyone can navigate, view, or download data on this site. However, by creating a new account you will be able to save custom views and tables.
Setting up an account will allow a user to create a personal workspace where you may save filtered views and visualizations created from the data sets.
If you have questions about the open data platform, please visit the support site.
If you have questions about a specific dataset, or would like information on having a new dataset developed, you can contact the Queen Anne's County Open Data Coordinator at (410) 758-4064 x2093 or email email@example.com
If you have questions, comments, or suggestions for the Queen Anne's County Open Data portal, please contact us via email. We would love to hear from you.
It uses Open Data Commons Public Domain Dedication and License.
Park pavilions and trail areas can be rented for gatherings and walk/run/bike activities. Conquest Beach rental is reserved for private parties such as weddings, family reunions, and company picnics. Matapeake Clubhouse is currently not for rent, but that may change for “off season” usage in the future. Matapeake Clubhouse does host a Café during the summer months.
Public Landing usage is by parking permit only. These annual and daily permits are sold over the counter by 16 vendors located throughout Queen Anne’s County. The Permit Application is available on the website.
At Matapeake boat ramp and Romancoke kayak launch area, landing permits are valid for boat launching only. Use of the fishing piers requires a separate entrance fee. Matapeake and Romancoke Fishing Piers utilize a Kiosk machine for parking. The machines accept exact change or credit card and the cost is $2.50 per hour per vehicle.
Public Landings Officers and Park Rangers patrol the facilities for patron assistance and can issue citations for infractions of the rules and regulations. Payment of these citations can be done through the mail, or at our office. If a citation is left unpaid, the vehicle registration will be flagged and a release from our office will be needed to renew the tags. MVA charges a fee for this service above the amount of the citation.
Various season sport leagues and travel teams reserve our baseball, football, soccer, and lacrosse fields and lights for practices, games, and tournaments. If a field has not been marked for play and a team is not utilizing the field, pick-up games are allowed. Field conditions due to inclement weather will be listed on the website.
Events on County owned property where the attendance for any type of event is expected to exceed 400 people or impact County services such as police, ambulance, fire departments. Sporting events with more than 10 teams.
At various times throughout the year volunteers are needed for various projects, such as tree plantings and clean-ups. Eagle Scout projects can also be arranged through the Department.
The Department encompasses 22 Parks including two equestrian trails, 10 Nature Areas, two beaches, 18 Public Landings - 10 of which have boat ramps, 3 Boat Slip Marinas, 2 fishing piers, Blue Heron Golf Course with Driving Range, and the Bay Bridge Airport. It works with both the public and private sectors to plan, acquire, design and develop, maintain, preserve and enhance the County’s natural resources, open spaces and waterfront properties while providing remarkable public recreation opportunities to the growing population. These amenities serve to stimulate economic development by spurring development of hotels, restaurants, fishing charters, organized water and sports activities, adventure tours and other ancillary uses of the County’s natural resources.
The Planning Commission meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month. The meetings start at 8:45AM. Each meeting is filmed and available to view at QACTV on channel 7 or via the web at QACTV.com.
Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8AM to 430PM. Permitting office operates Monday through Friday 8 to 330PM. We are closed for most national holidays. See holidays here. You can always call us at 410-758-1255.
The Planning Division of Planning and Zoning has two distinct functions. The first involves reviewing proposed development projects for compliance with approved county, state, and federal codes. The second involves long range planning, setting a vision for the county’s near and distant future.
In addition to these functions, Planning Division staff also provides support for to the Planning Commission and the Board of Appeals.
The Zoning division of Planning and Zoning has two distinct functions. The first involves the review and issuance of construction level permits; grading, building, electrical, etc. The second function is the field inspection and enforcement of county zoning codes.
You can find the whole County code here. The Planning Division is concerned primarily with Chapter 14, Chapter 18, and Chapter 28.
Property tax rates for state, county, and incorporated towns within the county are set July 1 each year. Visit QACTaxes.org for current County tax rates.
County maintained roads have green street signs; private roads have blue street signs. State Highway maintains roads with numbered route numbers, example 213. When in doubt call the Roads Division at 410-758-0920.
If you are on a county road and need a repair call the Roads Division at 410-758-0920.
If the ditch is along a county road call the Roads Division at 410-758-0920.
Requests can be called in to the Roads Division at 410-758-0920
The tax sale is the 3rd Tuesday in May of each year and is held online at https://queenannescountymd.realtaxlien.com. Registration begins one month prior via the same website.
The notice of advertisement will be published weekly for the 3 weeks prior to the tax sale and beginning on the first of May on our online acution website at https://queenannescountymd.realtaxlien.com. The newspaper advertisement is not updated for payments received after advertisement, however the online postings are updated weekly through date of tax sale. Only 1 newspaper meets the requirement of “a newspaper that has a general circulation in the county in which the property is located” (Annotated Code of Maryland - Tax Property §14-813). The Record Observer can be reach by calling 410-758-1400.
Information will be available on the Queen Anne’s County website and updated weekly for the 3 weeks prior to the tax sale.
Register online at https://queenannescountymd.realtaxlien.com beginning one month prior to the tax sale. A nonrefundable $100 fee is required.
ACH only using a U.S. bank account. Payments are made on the day of tax sale using our online auction service located at https://queenannescountymd.realtaxlien.com.
We do not require a deposit, however we do require a one-time registration fee of $100.
Bids are now placed online effective in 2021. Visit https://queenannescountymd.realtaxlien.com for full details.
Bidding starts at the sale amount. The sale amount is the sum of delinquent amounts owed the County plus expenses incurred in making the sale. The tax sale lien is awarded to the highest bidder. All properties sold at tax sale are subject to a high bid premium (if applicable). Sale amount and high bid premium must be paid on the day of the auction.
Yes taxes, utility bills and special benefit assessment can be paid online or by phone. For more information visit the Pay Taxes & Utility Bills page for the Department of Budget, Finance & Information Technology. http://www.qac.org/1158/Pay-Taxes-Utility-Bills
Yes, information on property records and utility accounts can be found online. Visit the Property Record & Utility Account Search page for the Department of Budget, Finance & Information Technology. http://www.qac.org/1162/Property-Record-Utility-Account-Search