The Carroll County Board of Commissioners will join their counterparts from throughout the State at the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Annual Winter Conference January 5-7, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland.

According to Board President Doug Howard, the five member Board is excited about the opportunity to meet other county officials from across the state. “This will be a very important year for Carroll County to forge alliances with other conservative counties across Maryland to oppose the further shifting by the State of its obligations to county and local governments and to resist the continued practice by the State and Federal governments to place unfunded mandates on us. We will use this conference as an opportunity to meet our counterparts from other counties and begin our efforts to resist additional financial burden on our citizens.”

The conference theme is “Building a Solid Foundation,” with major emphasis on county government service delivery, especially during difficult fiscal times. Among the topics to be covered are laws regarding public ethics and open meetings, requirements under Maryland State law that apply to business conducted by county officials. Session topics include: Maryland’s Economic Forecast for Local Government and Its Effects on the County Budget; Local Land Use Challenges: Past, Present, and Future; Managing Fiscal Realities and the Tough Times Ahead; Local Corrections: Keeping Citizens Safe and Secure; Providing Services for the Young, Old, and Those in Between; Future of Transportation Funding in Maryland; Making the Grade: County/School Board Roles and Relationships; and Surviving the TMDL Flood.

Scheduled State elected official participants include: Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., Senators George C. Edwards, Thomas M. Middleton, and James N. Robey, Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch, Delegates Pamela G. Beidle, Norman H. Conway, Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, Stephen W. Lafferty, and Anthony J. O’Donnell. Governor Martin O’Malley will install the 2011 MACo Officers and Board of Directors at the Thursday evening Inaugural Ceremony and Awards Banquet. Established in 1951, The Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) is a non-profit and non-partisan organization that serves Maryland county government by articulating their needs and ideas to the Maryland General Assembly. The Association’s membership is composed of county elected officials and representatives from Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. Through MACo’s advocacy, training, education programs, and annual conferences, the Association’s members are provided with endless opportunities to improve their capacity to serve their residents.

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