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Olszewski announces 2021 series of virtual Baltimore County budget town hall meetings

BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD—County Executive Johnny Olszewski this week announced his third annual series of town hall meetings to hear from constituents about their ideas and priorities.

Seven virtual meetings, one for each County 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.

This year, amid the pandemic, the Olszewski administration will host virtual meetings for each Council district. Residents who are unsure which Council District they live in can use the online tool here.

All Budget Town Hall Meetings will be broadcast on Baltimore County Government’s YouTube page and Facebook page. Residents may also join by phone.

The schedule of the 2021 Budget Town Hall Meetings is available below:

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4th District Town Hall with Council Chairman Julian Jones
Thursday, 2/18; 6:30 p.m.
Call-in: 1-415-655-0001; Access code: 180 227 7499

5th District Town Hall with Councilman David Marks
Tuesday, 2/23; 6:30 p.m.
Call-in: 1-415-655-0001; Access code:180 011 0703

6th District Town Hall with Councilwoman Cathy Bevins
Tuesday, 3/2; 6:30 p.m.
Call-in: 1-415-655-0001; Access code: 180 025 4055

2nd District Town Hall with Councilman Izzy Patoka
Monday, 3/8; 6:30 p.m.
Call-in: 1-415-655-0001; Access code: 180 686 0349

1st District Town Hall with Councilman Tom Quirk
Thursday, 3/11; 6:30 p.m.
Call-in: 1-415-655-0001; Access code: 180 385 0425

7th District Town Hall with Councilman Todd Crandell
Tuesday, 3/16; 6:00 p.m.
Call-in: 1-415-655-0001; Access code: 180 815 9310

3rd District Town Hall with Councilman Wade Kach
Thursday, 3/18; 6:30 p.m.
Call-in: 1-415-655-0001; Access code: 180 202 5808

Residents can submit their ideas and priorities for Baltimore County’s FY22 budget in advance by emailing townhall@baltimorecountymd.gov.

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