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Kamenetz Visits Closest Neighbors as Part of MACo Statewide Tour 

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, President of the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo), spent yesterday afternoon and evening meeting with Harford and Carroll County legislators in Westminster and Bel Air. He attended meetings of the Carroll County Board of Commissioners and the Harford County Council to talk about MACo’s advocacy for Maryland counties in the General Assembly session and on state and federal issues.  

At their afternoon meeting, the Carroll County Commissioners touched on a number of topics including MACo’s positive influence in Annapolis during this year’s General Assembly session and how statewide MACo conferences offer local officials a valuable opportunity to learn from each other and share best practices. Kamenetz and the commissioners talked about the importance of county elected officials coordinating with their Statehouse delegations and discussed the need for long-term treatment for opioid addiction.

Carroll County Board of Commissioners President Richard Weaver said, “It’s refreshing to have the president and senior staff of MACo come to each of the counties and give us session highlights and brief us on what MACo is doing for the counties. We need that connection between the statewide and county levels of government and the work that MACo does doesn’t go unnoticed.”

In the evening session of the Harford County Council, discussion centered around concerns about the state funding gap in Highway User Funds provided to counties, with revenues at only 10% of previous levels and tending to favor municipalities within counties. Kamenetz and the Harford Council members agreed to work together through MACo to try to find solutions to this vexing problem of cost-shifting to the localities.

“As I travel around the state I continue to find that our county governments have more in common than differences and that elected officials appreciate the opportunity to compare notes and work collaboratively to solve problems and create opportunities,” Kamenetz said.

MACo, first organized in 1939, is a non-partisan collaborative organization that advocates for the needs of local government to the Maryland General Assembly, representing all of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. Kamenetz is the fifth Baltimore County Executive to serve as President in the history of MACo, succeeding Christian Kahl, Dale Anderson, Dutch Ruppersberger and Jim Smith. With this new term, Kamenetz also becomes the longest serving current member of MACo, first joining in 1994 as a member of the Baltimore County Council. 


Kamenetz Makes Second Stop of MACo Statewide Tour 

This morning, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, President of the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo), met with leaders in Charles County for a general discussion of issues important to local governments and MACo’s unique ability to advocate for the needs of Maryland counties in the General Assembly and on matters relating to the federal government.

At today’s Board of Charles County Commissioners meeting, Kamenetz interacted with President Peter Murphy and the commissioners, discussing MACo’s role as a collective organization that helps the state’s 24 major subdivisions join forces to tackle issues that affect them all. The discussion covered a number of topics including a mass transit study to address extreme traffic congestion issues along U.S. 301, which is a primary route for people commuting between Charles County and Washington D.C.  Other topics included local government insurance concerns, and a review of MACO’s successful advocacy for counties in this year’s Maryland General Assembly session.

“We are very thankful that County Executive Kamenetz came down to see us and made us one of the first stops on his tour of all of the counties,” said Board of Charles County Commissioners President Peter Murphy. “We appreciate County Executive Kamenetz’s leadership and all that he has done for MACo and for Charles County.”

“All across Maryland, our local governments share common responsibilities such as funding education, boosting jobs, upgrading aging infrastructure and protecting the environment,” said Kamenetz. “By working together through MACo, we are all stronger and better able to affect positive change at the state and federal levels.”

MACo, first organized in 1939, is a non-partisan organization that advocates the needs of local government to the Maryland General Assembly, representing all of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. Kamenetz is the fifth Baltimore County Executive to serve as President in the history of MACo, succeeding Christian Kahl, Dale Anderson, Dutch Ruppersberger and Jim Smith. With this new term, Kamenetz also becomes the longest serving current member of MACo, first joining in 1994 as a member of the Baltimore County Council. 


Plans to Visit Each County During His One-Year Term

This afternoon, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, President of the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo), began a series of statewide visits by meeting with the Baltimore City Council to discuss a range of issues that affect local governments.

At today’s City Council luncheon meeting, Kamenetz engaged City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young and members of the City Council in informal conversation on MACo’s role as a unifying organization for collaborative problem-solving for the State’s 24 major subdivisions. The discussion covered a number of topics of mutual interest including local autonomy; the need for the State to provide adequate funding for transportation, including Highway User Funds; and strategies to minimize further cost-shifting by the State to local jurisdictions.

“The Baltimore City Council was very pleased that County Executive Kamenetz chose to make Baltimore City the first stop on his statewide tour as MACo President,” said Young. “His visit is a shining example of how Baltimore City and County can join forces to work together on strengthening our region and State through partnerships on many fronts.”

“Whether you’re a Marylander from the mountains of Western Maryland, on the shore or in downtown Baltimore, we all share common concerns about promoting education, jobs, rebuilding infrastructure, maintaining our environment and doing it all in a fiscally responsible manner,” said Kamenetz. “It only makes sense for our leaders from across Maryland to share best practices and coordinate our efforts in Annapolis and Washington for our constituents.”

MACo, first organized in 1939, is a non-partisan organization that advocates the needs of local government to the Maryland General Assembly, representing all of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. Kamenetz is the fifth Baltimore County Executive to serve as President in the history of MACo, succeeding Christian Kahl, Dale Anderson, Dutch Ruppersberger and Jim Smith. With this new term, Kamenetz also becomes the longest serving current member of MACo, first joining in 1994 as a member of the Baltimore County Council. 


 
 
Revised September 26, 2016