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Public Meetings Will Continue to Foster Transparency, Invite Input on Budget

County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced his second annual series of town hall meetings to hear from constituents about their ideas and priorities.

The seven meetings, one in each Council district, will provide a forum for public discussion focused on future budget priorities and ensure that community members have the opportunity to provide input into the budget planning process.

“In order to best serve the people of Baltimore County, we need to hear from them directly,” said Olszewski. “We remain committed to working collaboratively with all of our stakeholders in every community to build a better Baltimore County together.”

From 2016 to 2017, a total of two people testified on Baltimore County’s budget. In 2018, during his first year in office, Olszewski held the inaugural series of budget town hall meetings. Over 2,000 residents attended, with hundreds sharing priorities for the county.

This year, the Olszewski Administration will offer additional on-site resources from Baltimore County agencies to provide more immediate access to services and further connect residents with available resources.

The schedule of town hall meetings is available below:

Date

Details

Location

Tuesday, February 11
6:30 p.m.

2nd District Town Hall

County Executive Olszewski and Councilman Patoka

Gordon Center
3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue
Owings Mills, Maryland 21117

Tuesday, February 25
6:30 p.m.

3rd District Town Hall

County Executive Olszewski and Councilman Kach

Dulaney High School
255 East Padonia Road
Lutherville-Timonium, M
aryland 21093

Tuesday, March 3
6:30 p.m.

7th District Town Hall

County Executive Olszewski and Councilman Crandell

Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center
323 Sollers Point Road
Dundalk, Maryland 21222

Wednesday, March 11
6:30 p.m.

4th District Town Hall

County Executive Olszewski and Councilman Jones

Owings Mills High School
124 South Tollgate Road
Owings Mills, M
aryland 21117

Wednesday, March 18
6:30 p.m.

6th District Town Hall

County Executive Olszewski and Councilwoman Bevins

CCBC Essex, Administration Building, Room 110
7201 Rossville Boulevard
Baltimore, Maryland 21237

Tuesday, March 24
6:30 p.m.

1st District Town Hall

County Executive Olszewski and Councilman Quirk

CCBC Catonsville, Center for the Arts, Theater 
360 Campus Drive
Catonsville, M
aryland 21228

Tuesday, March 31
6:30 p.m.

5th District Town Hall

County Executive Olszewski and Councilman Marks

TBD

Town Halls will be livestreamed on the Baltimore County Government Facebook page.

In the event of inclement weather that cancels evening activities at Baltimore County Public Schools or CCBC, the meeting will be postponed and rescheduled.

Translation services, sign language interpreters and other accommodations can be arranged upon request.


Veteran Deputy Nominated as Permanent Director

County Executive Johnny Olszewski today nominated Edward Blades to serve as the Director of Budget and Finance, a critical position that oversees formulation of the County budget and manages the County’s finances.

Blades has served as Deputy Director of Budget and Finance since 2012, and has served in the County’s Office of Budget and Finance since 1996. In his role as Deputy Director, he has played a critical role in developing and managing the County’s operating and capital budgets, and he has supervised a talented team of budget analysts. He has implemented various budget and financial software system upgrades and developed reporting structures to generate efficiencies in data collection and analysis.

“Ed is a dedicated public servant who brings to this position years of relevant experience and a wealth of institutional knowledge,” Olszewski said. “He knows County government inside and out, and has been invaluable over the last few months as we managed a challenging budget season and addressed a structural deficit.”

In his role as Director of Budget and Finance, Blades will be charged with managing the annual operating and capital budget formulation process, as well as overseeing:

  • 911 Communications Center
  • Accounting
  • Insurance Administration
  • Investment and Debt Management
  • Payroll
  • Property Management
  • Purchasing
  • Retirement
  • Taxpayer Services
  • Vehicle Operations and Maintenance

In his new role, Blades will also oversee efforts to increase transparency into the County budget. Earlier this month, the County unveiled an Open Budget platform, providing more transparency into how the County spends taxpayer dollars.

Blades has been serving as acting director of Budget and Finance following the retirement of his predecessor, Keith Dorsey, who served with the County for 35 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix.

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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. 


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017