Thursday, April 2, 2009

Ulman Wants You

Our county exec goes directly to the people to get them to turn out for their favorite public works projects. Here's an example:

Dear Neighbor,

As you may know, today I presented the proposed Capital Budget for Fiscal Year 2010 to the County Council. I am writing to share news about projects in the budget that may be of interest to you.

In preparing the budget this year, we received requests for many worthy projects, and although we were unable to fund them all, the proposed budget reflects our priorities and our commitment to investing in our future, especially in these tough economic times. There is no question that these are difficult times and that providing for the community’s infrastructure must be balanced by strict adherence to fiscal responsibility. Despite the difficulties of our current economic situation, we must continue to move forward by investing in the long-term infrastructure and public facility needs of the County.

I am extremely pleased to announce that we were able to include funding to begin construction of Blandair Regional Park, which, once complete, will become the crown jewel of our park system. The $5.3 million in bonds proposed for this project will fully fund Phase I construction including three multi-purpose artificial turf fields, a playground, trails, and restrooms. Planning for Blandair has been ongoing for many years, but I am confident that as work begins, it will prove to have been worth the wait.

Funding for this project is not guaranteed, however, as the budget process is not yet complete. The County Council will be reviewing the budget, conducting public hearings and ultimately making the final decision on the budget and projects contained therein.

I urge you to show your support for this project by testifying at a public hearing or writing a letter or email to members of the County Council. Support from citizens like you is critical. Councilmember Ball has been a strong advocate for Blandair Regional Park. Your personal testimony will help the entire Council understand the importance of this project.

Please feel free to share this letter with anyone who may be interested. If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the budget or the budget process, do not hesitate to contact me.


Ken Ulman
County Executive

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