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Olszewski unveils Baltimore County ‘open budget’ platform

TOWSON – Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Monday unveiled a new open budget platform where residents can view detailed information about the county’s budget, bringing a new level of transparency to how the county spends taxpayer dollars.

“An open, transparent government is an accountable government. We can better serve the residents of Baltimore County by ensuring they have access to information about where our money comes from and where it goes,” Olszewski said. “The open budget platform provides an unprecedented level of transparency to Baltimore County’s budget process.”

Residents can visit the Baltimore County Open Budget platform and explore the budget or search for specific programs and services. The platform features information on revenue and expenditures, including both operating and capital expenses.

The current open budget platform represents a first phase. Later this year, in addition to Baltimore County’s current approved budget, the platform will feature previous years’ budgets. It will also have the ability to track actual expenditures in addition to appropriated funds.

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Olszewski says the open budget platform is part of his ongoing commitment to a more transparent and accountable government for Baltimore County. An open data portal will be made available later this year, and the Fiscal Year 2020 budget includes funding for a performance management system.

In addition, earlier this year the County Executive proposed and the County Council approved the creation of an Office of Ethics and Accountability.

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