Town halls are now virtual - but you can still make an impact for our land!
County Executive John Olszewski is holding budget town halls in each council district. This is your chance to voice your support for increased land preservation funding. Many residents voiced their concern last year and funding was increased from $2 million to $4 million but there is still much to be done.
Baltimore County lags behind surrounding counties in funding for agricultural preservation. We urge the county to commit 1% of the capital budget to the purchase of permanent easements. With those funds, the county could preserve farms under imminent threat of development.
Baltimore County is home to the reservoirs that are the source of drinking water for the majority of the Baltimore Metropolitan Area. Our rivers and streams drain into the Chesapeake Bay. Protecting our farms and forests benefits all of us by providing clean air and water; fresh, local food; and recreational opportunities.
Due to COVID, the town halls are being held online. Hopefully, we can have people advocating for preservation at all of the Town Halls. All comments must be made in writing. There are four ways to participate:
1-) You can watch the hearing on Facebook – www.facebook.com/BaltCoGov. The Executive will answer written comments posted in the chatbox.
2-) You can watch the hearing on Youtube – www.youtube.com/BaltimoreCounty. The Executive will answer written comments posted in the chatbox.
3-) If you are unable to participate in person, written comments can be sent at any time to email@example.com.
4-) You can call in to listen to the hearings using the call-in numbers and access codes listed below. If you use this option, you will need to have previously submitted any comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. It would be good if you could submit the comment the day before the Town Hall that you want to listen to, so your comment is addressed that evening.
We hope that you can participate and voice your support for land preservation. Please let me know if you are willing to submit comments at one of the town hall meetings. Ideally, we will have individuals provide questions/comments at each meeting.
Tuesday, 2/23; 6:30 p.m.
Access code: 180 815 9310
Access code: 180 025 4055
Access code: 180 385 0425