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Balt. Co. bond bills a mystery

A few days ago, I received a sample ballot from the Baltimore County Board of Elections. I am a recently arrived resident of Maryland and consider this a worthwhile public service. Other states I have lived in did not provide such a guide.

The ballot did bring something to light that has been completely ignored in the run up to this election. I refer to the nine proposals on the ballot for Baltimore County spending. They total and the enormous sum of $277,699,000! There has not been a word of explanation about this spending by the County Council or County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. I suspect they are keeping mum about these proposals hoping that the voting public will blindly mark "For Bond Issue" and trust the county to spend it wisely.

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Not so fast, is what I say. Explanation is needed. Not just meaningless phrases from the ballot language such as for "operations and projects, preservation and greenway projects and community improvement projects." Projects? Not good enough for me. What effect will this have on taxes? Where, how, when will this money be spent? These politicians love to talk about "transparency," but where is the transparency in these huge spending proposals? I intend to vote against every one of them. I'll reconsider on another ballot when more information is given. We deserve more from the council and county executive.

Jerry Fore, Timonium

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