Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced his third annual series of town hall meetings to hear from constituents about their ideas and priorities.
The Fifth District Town Hall will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 23 with Councilman David Marks at 6:30 p.m.
“Ideas presented in previous years have been incorporated into the budget – Joppa Road was resurfaced once the water project was finished, for example, and new park projects have advanced throughout our district. The county funded its share of two new schools soon to be under construction,” Marks said.
“This is your opportunity to discuss what you believe should be funded in the budget.”
Seven virtual meetings, one for 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. “While this pandemic has upended our way our life, we remain committed to keeping Baltimore County’s government, open accessible and transparent so that we can continue to work with stakeholders in every community to build a better Baltimore County together.”
From 2016-2017, 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 where over 2,000 residents attended, with hundreds sharing priorities for the county.
Last year, Olszewski held a second round of town hall meetings, which included a virtual opportunity for residents to share their priorities when in-person town hall meetings were canceled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.