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Date: Apr 24, 2017

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 11, 2017