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What If No One Came?

Baltimore County Council Holds 4 minute meeting on county budget in front of audience of reporters and county employees.

What if the Baltimore County Council held a meeting on the and no one came?

The answer is: Everyone goes home early.

Tuesday night's budget annual public input meeting on the budget and the property tax rate failed to generate any interest from the public.

Long time council observers and council members said the meeting was a first.

"It's a first for me in my 14 years," said Councilman John Olszewski Sr. "Maybe everyone is satisfied with the job we're doing in these tough times."

The council holds this meeting every year to solicit input from the public on budgetary priorities.

In years past, the crowds were so large that the meetings were held in the auditorium at Loch Raven High School and could go on for hours. Typically, education advocates would ask the council not to reduce schools system spending. Property tax groups would frequently ask the county to reduce the property tax rate to match the constant yield rate.

This year, however, with falling home assessments, the county's property tax rate of $1.10 per $100 of assessed value is lower than the constant yield rate. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said last month he is not raising the rate.

The council's meeting Tuesday night ran about four minutes.

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Kelli Nelson May 02, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Oh no! I thought the hearing was tomorrow night. This is the first one I've missed in 9 years! Guess it's time to send out the emails... Sorry you were all alone Bryan! Kelli Nelson Baltimore County Interagency Coordinating Council
Bryan P. Sears May 02, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Kelli: I did notice your absence. Sorry I missed you.
Stewart G May 02, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Maybe because folks have become cynical that their voice doesn't matter any more with this administration. It has been clear that a handful of people are running the government and they will create diversions whenever possible to distract citizens from what they are really doing. Like blaming the press for the suspension of a law suit, using concerns for diversity as a reason for not having a partially elected school board or bullying staff and council members so that they can't take care of important county business. I will be sure to smile and tell them what a great job they are doing at the next event that they attend on gifted tickets.
Buck Harmon May 02, 2012 at 02:03 PM
This is what most meetings in Carroll County government look like... Apathy allows abuse of position... and perceived power...this trend is the main contributor to most public corruption that breaks the back of society.
Buck Harmon May 02, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Sad..

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