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Cross-functional experts to recommend improvements, enhance transparency

County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced the full membership of his new blue ribbon commission tasked with studying the County budget process.

The Baltimore County Commission on Fiscal Sustainability, which Olszewski created on his first day in office, is tasked with developing recommendations to improve fiscal sustainability and identify opportunities for enhanced transparency and increased public engagement in the budgeting process.

“This group of fiscal and policy experts are some of the best and brightest from across our state and are uniquely qualified to help us streamline and reform the County’s budgeting process,” said Olszewski. 

The seven-member Commission on Fiscal Sustainability consists of four voting members appointed by the County Executive:

  • Carolyn Colvin, Former Acting Commissioner of the  United States Social Security Administration
  • Lester Davis, Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of the Office of Policy & Communications, Office of Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young
  • Warren Deschenaux, Former Executive Director, Maryland Department of Legislative Services 
  • Don Mohler, Former Baltimore County Executive

As well as three voting members selected by the County Council:

  • Edwin Crawford, Former Managing Partner, Lyons Investment Group
  • Elizabeth Irwin, Deputy County Auditor, Baltimore County
  • Edward Walters, Vice President, Head of Managed Accounts, T. Rowe Price

“Our annual budget is the blueprint that sets our priorities and charts the course for County government, and we can only benefit from inviting outside experts and the public to offer fresh perspectives and help us identify opportunities for improvement,” said County Council Chairman Tom Quirk.

The volunteer members will serve one-year terms at the pleasure of the County Executive. The commission will issue interim recommendations to the County Executive by February 15, 2019, in time to be considered as part of the FY 20 budget cycle. Final recommendations are due by May 15, 2019.

The Commission’s first meeting will be held Tuesday, January 15, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 118 of the Historic Courthouse, 400 Washington Avenue, Towson, MD 21204. 


Public meetings to foster transparency, invite feedback on budget

County Executive Johnny Olszewski is hosting a series of seven interactive town hall meetings across Baltimore County to prompt detailed public discussion focused on the County’s current fiscal climate, future budget priorities, and ensuring that community members have the opportunity to provide input into the budget planning process.

“In order to best serve the families and businesses of Baltimore County, we need to hear from them directly,” said Olszewski. “We are committed to working collaboratively with all of our stakeholders in every community so that we can overcome our challenges and build a better Baltimore County together.”

The first town hall meeting will be co-hosted by Councilman David Marks and will be held on Thursday, January 10, at 6:30 p.m. at Loch Raven High School (1212 Cowpens Ave, Towson, MD 21286).  In the event of inclement weather that cancels evening activities at Baltimore County Public Schools, the meeting will be postponed.

Community members will have the opportunity to hear directly from County Executive Olszewski and senior officials on the County’s budgetary constraints and fiscal challenges, and will be able to share their thoughts, ideas and priorities with the administration.

The schedule of town hall meetings is available here.


By Kevin Kamenetz, Baltimore County Executive

Taxes are due today. So where do your County taxes go? How do we build a budget so we can invest in what’s important to the people who live and do business here?

Steady economic growth is building our tax base. The budget we submitted to the County Council for next year maintains the current income and property tax rates and supports our priorities: educating our children, keeping our communities safe and healthy, maintaining our infrastructure, and preserving our land and water resources.

Your Baltimore County taxes are at work when a police officer responds, a bridge is repaired, and a homeless family finds shelter.

Sixty percent of our operating budget supports our public schools, community college and libraries. Why is education our #1 priority? It is our obligation to make sure all of our children learn the skills they need to get good jobs and thrive.

 

I wish we could upgrade every playing field, re-pave every road, and build new schools in every part of the county all at once. But at the end of the day, we have to balance the checkbook.

We are committed to being good stewards of every tax dollar.

It’s the responsible way to run a government.                              

Details of the FY2019 budget submitted to the Baltimore County Council can be found here. The County Council is scheduled to vote on the Fiscal 2019 budget May 24, 2018.  

 

 

 

                                                            


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017