County Posts Financial Disclosures Online

Forms are posted for County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and seven County Council members, while 250 others are only available at the county Office of Law.

If you have nothing else better to do today (hey, it is hump day) feel free to wander on over to the Baltimore County Government website and check out the new batch of financial disclosures.

For the first time in county history the required annual disclosures for County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, as well as the seven Baltimore County Council members, is posted online for all to see.

The forms posted this morning are for the previous calendar year.

The documents are all public record. Previously, anyone wishing to look at the forms had to visit the county Office of Law in Towson. They also had to fill out a form disclosing who was looking at the forms. Those disclosures were provided to the officials whose forms were reviewed.

Today, those who wish to view the posted forms do not have to identify themselves in any way.

Last fall, . Part of that revision was a plan to put some of the financial disclosures online beginning May 1. The in December.

We didn't see the forms online last night so we asked County Attorney Michael Field. He sent us a link this morning and blamed the slight delay on some "technical issues late in the day."

About 250 people, including volunteers on many boards and commissions, as well as county department heads, are required to file the financial disclosure forms. County officials have repeatedly told Patch that those forms will not be posted online in an effort to protect the privacy of a large number of people who serve on volunteer boards and commissions.

Don Mohler, chief of staff to Kamenetz, said the county is concerned that those volunteer positions will go vacant if the forms are published online.

Patch filed by Kamenetz and the council in November.

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JDStuts May 02, 2012 at 02:38 PM
A curious note about Kamenetz's disclosure. The man who campaigns in schools stating smoking is "preventable death" ... http://perryhall.patch.com/articles/kamenetz-considers-tougher-rules-for-employees-who-smoke ... has no problem profiting off the tobacco industry as his investments in Philip Morris (ticker PM) and Altria (ticker MO) make clear.


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