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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. 


Event to be Streamed Live on County Website

This Monday morning at 10 a.m., the County will host the official inaugural ceremonies of the elected officials of Baltimore County government. The event, which is taking place at SECU Arena at Towson University, will be streamed live on the Baltimore County website, beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday.

County Executive Don Mohler will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the inaugural ceremonies, which will feature Administrative Judge Kathleen Gallogly Cox administering the oath of office to Clerk of the Court Julie Ensor, who then will administer oaths of office to the other County elected officials, including the following:

County Executive: 
John A. Olszewski, Jr.

County Council:
Tom Quirk, Izzy Patoka, A. Wade Kach, Julian E. Jones, Jr., David Marks, Cathy Bevins and Todd Crandell 

Judges of the Circuit Court:
Carey Deeley, Michael Finifter, Ruth Jakubowski and Dennis Robinson

Clerk of the Circuit Court:
Julie Ensor

Register of Wills:
Grace G. Connolly

Judges of the Orphans Court:
William R. Evans, Juliet G. Fisher and Arthur M. Frank

Sheriff:
R. Jay Fisher

Baltimore County Board of Education:

Kathleen S. Causey, Roger B. Hayden, Julie C. Henn, Moalie S. Jose, Russell T. Kuehn, Lisa A. Mack, Rod McMillion, John H. Offerman Jr., Cheryl E. Pasteur, Lily P. Rowe and Makeda Scott


Preserves Four Acres of Developable Land in Residential Area

Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler and 1st District Councilman Tom Quirk announced to an enthusiastic group of area residents this morning that the County is preserving four acres of land in Lansdowne so that it will be preserved as environmentally beneficial open space rather than being developed into townhomes.

The County purchased the four acres, located in a neighborhood near the intersection of Hammonds and Hollins Ferry Roads from the Charles H. Gehringer Revocable Trust. Program Open Space acquisition funds will be applied to reimburse the full $415,000 purchase price.

“Preserving this open space helps to retain the character of the neighborhood, while also protecting the water quality of the Patapsco River, which flows into the Chesapeake Bay,” Mohler said.

The seller had proposed building townhomes on the property. When the community expressed concerns, Councilman Quirk suggested that the County use POS funds to preserve it as passive open space.

“It's great to see Program Open Space money being used for this property,” said Quirk. “Our office worked very closely with the County Executive's office to make this important open space project happen. We had dozens and dozens of community leaders and activists ask us to preserve this land as passive open space and I'm delighted to see this transaction completed.”

Preserving passive open space in neighborhoods adds to the quality of life for the community, reducing traffic congestion. This site has the added benefit of being near the Patapsco River, so keeping it undeveloped helps filter stormwater run-off and improves water quality in the Patapsco and the Bay.

Program Open Space acquisition funds will be applied to reimburse the full purchase price.  The POS covenants will preserve this area as open space in this established area of the County.

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Revised September 11, 2017