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Date: Mar 10, 2020

Online Survey Allows Residents to Share Priorities for FY2021 Budget

As he crafts the Fiscal Year 2021 budget, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski is seeking residents’ input through a new, simple online survey.

The survey released today provides a number of options for residents to consider and provides them an opportunity to indicate which options they consider priorities.

“We can only craft a budget that addresses the needs of our communities when we hear directly from our residents about their priorities,” Olszewski said. “The people of Baltimore County are our partners in progress, and their voices are critical to ensuring that we can improve our quality of life and move Baltimore County forward.”

Olszewski will introduce his FY2021 budget to the County Council on Tuesday, April 14.

About the Town Hall Meetings

The survey is the latest opportunity for County residents to share their ideas and priorities with County leadership. In addition to the survey, the County Executive is holding a series of town hall meetings in each council district to hear directly from residents about their thoughts and concerns. The next town hall meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 11, at Owings Mills High School.

Hundreds of residents have already attended 2020 budget town halls where they have shared a number of critical priorities, ranging from public safety and education to land preservation and code enforcement.

The survey asks about these and other priorities, allowing participants to rank items indicating which items they consider top priorities, which are less important and which items they would not fund.

In the two years prior to Olszewski taking office, a total of two people testified on Baltimore County’s budget. However, the County Executive has made public engagement a priority and, in 2018, during his first year in office, more than 2,000 residents attended his inaugural town hall series, with hundreds sharing priorities for the County.


 
 
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