Tuesday, February 28th, in the first floor hearing room, at Winchester Hall, beginning at 8:15 a.m.
The Board of County Commissioners, Frederick County, Maryland, invites you and/or representatives from all local agencies to join the county in lobbying against the proposed teacher pension shift onto local jurisdictions.
Each jurisdiction in Maryland is doing everything possible to get the word out that if this pension obligation is shifted to the county governments it could have long-term and dire financial repercussions.
A press release issued stated that Frederick County Government could have between a $1.447 million to approximately $10.3 million impact on its budget in fiscal year 2013. This impact could be as much as $15.4 million in fiscal year 2017. This could result in severe budget cuts, resulting possibly in employee lay-offs, furloughs, cuts in services and programs, just to name a few. Every agency or organization that receives county funding would be impacted from this shift.
The County Commissioners also said in the release that they believe it is important to let local agencies know that even though the county previously informed them it would do everything possible to keep their funding levels as is in the current base budgets, agency funding could be more severely impacted if the pension shift occurs, thereby forcing the commissioners to make some potentially drastic cuts.
The board will host a press conference to "Stop the Shift" on Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at 8:15 a.m. in the first floor hearing room, Winchester Hall, 12 East Church Street, Frederick, and we are inviting you to join with us in adding your voice to this effort.
If you would like to take part, respond as soon as possible to Ragen Cherney at 301-600-1049,(office) or by cell at 240-626-1994.
The Board of County Commissioners cannot stress enough to you the importance of your voice and involvement on this critical matter, and hope you will be able to join with them and participate in the "Stop the Shift" press conference on Tuesday, February 28, at 8:15 a.m. in the first floor hearing room, Winchester Hall, 12 East Church Street, Frederick.