Olszewski's Transition Plan Lays Out Proposals, But Not How To Pay For Them
Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Tuesday released a laundry list of more than 200 objectives for the next four years. But the report from his transition team did not include details on how to pay for any of it.
However, Olszewski said there should be more on where the money could come from later this week. That’s when Olszewski said he plans to release a preliminary report from his Commission on Fiscal Sustainability, which has been studying the county’s budget, including revenue.
“And I trust they will have some recommendations about how to change our budgeting practices and frankly how to afford some of these recommendations,” Olszewski said.
Olszewski issued an executive order on the day of his inauguration establishing the commission, which is chaired by former County Executive Don Mohler.
Olszewski is staring down the barrel of an $81 million budget shortfall for next year. He said the transition report released today, which makes proposals in areas such as education, government reform and public safety, is an ambitious road map for the county.
“It’s not just about the cost,” Olszewski said. “It’s how do we prioritize what we are doing.”
The transition team’s recommendations include establishing a long-term capital project plan for the county schools, expanding early childhood education, establishing an Opioid Strategy Coordinator, and improving cooperation with nearby police departments.
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