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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.


Survey Takes About Eight Minutes to Complete and Is Open To Responses Through March 19, 2020

Baltimore County residents can now participate in an online survey that will allow people to express their views regarding the needs and conditions of the community in which they live or work.

The Community Needs Survey will assist the county in identifying emerging trends and in establishing priorities for the use of federal funds to address the needs of low-income populations.

The survey takes about eight minutes to complete. The survey will remain open to responses through March 19, 2020.

The survey questions broadly cover community development issues, including:

  • The public service needs of low-income citizens in the areas of employment, child care, health, education and substance abuse
  • The need to prevent homelessness and provide housing, shelter and case management to people who are experiencing homelessness
  • The need for affordable housing and various community improvements, including infrastructure improvements

The survey results will help guide the county's writing of the Consolidated Plan, a forward-looking strategic plan covering county fiscal years 2021 to 2025.

The plan will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in May 2020.

The survey is available on the Department of Planning website.


Share Your Feedback Via Online Survey

Baltimore County is seeking community input on making Baltimore County more age-friendly to empower residents of all ages and abilities to live, work, play and reside comfortably in their communities.

“An age-friendly Baltimore County is one where all residents feel welcome and can take comfort in knowing that their concerns are being heard and their needs are being met,” said County Executive Johnny Olszewski.

About the Age-Friendly Baltimore County Initiative

County Executive Olszewski and the Baltimore County Department of Aging earlier this year launched the Age-Friendly Baltimore County initiative in partnership with the AARP network of Age-Friendly states and communities. The network is the United States affiliate of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Program, an international effort launched in 2006 to help cities prepare for rapid population aging and the parallel trend of urbanization.

The Age-Friendly Baltimore County initiative is examining issues such as affordable and accessible housing; creating open and accessible green spaces; accessible public transportation options and ways to create more opportunities for civic engagement and employment.

To fill out the survey, visit the questionnaire on SurveyMonkey.

Additional Information

For more information or to get involved:

 The mission of the Baltimore County Department of Aging is to strengthen lives by providing services, programs and connections to resources. For more information on the various programs provided by BCDA, visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/aging.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017