Howard County Executive Calvin Ball will hold his first Resident’s Budget Hearing for the FY 22 budget cycle on Wednesday, December 9 at 6:00 pm. This year’s budget hearing will be held virtually and can be watched live from the County Council’s streaming website.
“This year has been unprecedented in many ways, and our upcoming budget season will be no exception. The ongoing pandemic has caused serious economic consequences and challenges for our fiscal outlook,” said County Executive Ball. “Especially now, we want to hear from our residents. This is a wonderful opportunity to make your voice heard, share your concerns, and provide input on priorities for the upcoming fiscal year.”
According to a County press release:
Beginning Wednesday, November 25th, residents will be able to sign-up ONLINE to speak at the hearing by going to www.howardcountymd.gov/budgettestimony. Speakers must sign-up individually, and one person may not sign-up for several testifiers. Additionally, individual testimony is limited to three minutes and group testimony is limited to five. Speakers who have a document or record they wish to submit with their testimony are asked to email the file to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “BUDGET TESTIMONY” in the subject line.
From the same link, residents will also have the option to provide online budget testimony; however, residents are reminded that internet testimony is considered public information and, as such, is subject to the Maryland Public Information Act.
As previously reported on Conduit Street, County Executive Calvin Ball earlier this month announced that Howard County’s Spending Affordability Advisory Committee (SAAC) for FY 22 will convene earlier than usual to allow more time for the committee to digest, discuss, and offer constructive advice to the County amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.