Harford County Executive Glassman Invites Citizen Input on FY20 Budget

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Comment Period Open Now for January 24 Virtual Town Hall

Harford County Executive Barry
Glassman will host a virtual town hall meeting in January for citizens to
provide input on the next county budget. The virtual meeting format expands
opportunities for public engagement by providing for in-person testimony along
with multimedia options available now, up to, and including the meeting planned
for Thursday, January 24, 2019. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in Darlington
Hall, room 202, on the campus of Harford Community College in Bel Air. The
event will also stream live on the county website.

“I know that families are busy in
the evening and it’s not always practical to go out to a public meeting,”
County Executive Glassman said. “Our award-winning virtual town hall format
lets citizens share their county budget priorities when it’s convenient for
them, and hear what others have to say, all without leaving home. We also
welcome attendees to the live event.  Our goal is an efficient and
transparent process that makes it easy to get involved.”  

Citizens are welcome to send in
their budget priorities for the county’s fiscal year 2020 budget via social media,
email, or U.S. Mail, some of which will be read aloud during the live meeting.
The meeting will also include live testimony from attendees and relayed
messages from callers to a dedicated phone line.

Contact information is as follows:

Email: iGovHarford@harfordcountymd.gov

Facebook: Harford County’s Virtual
Town Hall

Twitter: @iGovHarford

U.S. Mail: Harford County Executive
Barry Glassman, 220 S. Main St., Bel Air, Md. 21014

Phone: 443-412-2700 (dedicated
phone line activated only during the live event)

At 6 p.m. on January 24, citizens can also watch the live event from the county Web page www.harfordcountymd.gov/VirtualTownHall

The virtual town hall meeting will
begin with a brief review of the budget process.

By law, the county executive
proposes a budget each April to fund county operations and capital programs for
the upcoming fiscal year that begins on July 1st. The county executive’s
recommended budget, which is based on revenue projections, is subject to final
approval by the Harford County Council.

Once the county executive sets
operating funding levels, the council may not add funding to any area of the
budget except for the public school system. If the council adds funding for the
schools, it can only add up to the amount requested by the school board, and
only by taking those funds from another area of the county budget or by raising
revenue. 

The
primary source of county revenue is local property and income taxes paid by
county citizens. Over the past four years of the Glassman administration, 96%
of new, ongoing revenue from these sources has been dedicated to public safety
and education. Historically, the portion of all general fund revenue dedicated
to Harford County Public Schools has averaged 50%.

In addition to the public school
system, several other outside agencies depend, in full or in part, on county
funding for their operating and capital budgets. These agencies include the
sheriff’s office, community college, public library and health department. It
is important to note that once county funding for outside agencies is approved
by the County Council, budgeting decisions within each agency are determined by
that agency’s leadership, based on revenue from all sources.

For more information about the
county budget, please visit:

http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/1531/Budget-and-Management-Research.

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