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Harford County Executive Glassman seeking input on upcoming budget, will host virtual town hall Jan. 21

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman is seeking citizen input on the upcoming fiscal year’s budget, the county administration announced Monday.

Glassman will host a virtual town hall at 6 p.m. on Jan. 21, streamed live on the county’s website and on Facebook, where he will hear citizens’ input on the upcoming budget and listen to what they think ought to be prioritized. Some submitted comments will be read during the broadcast, and live testimony will be given at the event from those who request time to speak, according to a statement.

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Those who wish to speak at the virtual event can register on the county’s website through Jan. 21.

By law, the county executive has to propose a budget to fund operational and capital expenses for the upcoming fiscal year each April. That budget is subject to approval by the county council.

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Once operating funding levels are set by the county executive, the county council may not add funding to any other area of the budget except for public schools. Should the council add school funding, it can only add up tot he amount requested by the school board, and only by taking those funds from another area of the general fund.

Historically, about 50% of all general fund revenues in Harford County have gone toward the school system.

Last budget cycle, Glassman’s administration fully-funded the public school system’s $278 million operating budget request, along with the Harford County Sheriff’s Office’s wage enhancement. The increased educational spending was approximately $20.5 million more than the previous fiscal year’s funding. Neither initiative required tax rate increases, according to the statement.

Outside agencies like the library system, Harford Community College and health department also depend partially or wholly on county funding.

“We want to know what our residents would like to see funded in next year’s budget,” Glassman said in the statement. “We can’t meet in person, but it’s still important for us to collect all your comments and suggestions. We’ve made it as easy as possible, in an efficient and transparent process, for you to let us know your priorities.”

Harford County budget comments

Citizens are encouraged to send their comments on Harford County’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget via social media, email or U.S. Mail.

Twitter: @iGovHarford

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

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