But don’t plan that ribbon cutting yet–
Budget deliberations are always dramatic and this year’s deliberations will be no different. It would be easier for the council to cut the field than to face the ire of the small but outspoken group who relentlessly lobby for lower taxes year round.
Advocacy is a group effort
When we advocated for the turf field at Perryville High School during last year’s budget deliberations, we tried to send at least one community member, be it a coach, a parent, or another interested party, to each speaking opportunity, and we encouraged people to join them as a show of support.
Only one person needs to speak but make it clear that the others in attendance share the same concern. One night I convinced my husband and teenage sons to wear Perryville swag and sit in the crowd at the council meeting while I spoke. On a different night our principal and some coaches joined us at a council meeting. Every touch counts.
Email is also effective
Not everyone is comfortable with public speaking so keep in mind that email is also effective. One of our coaches took the time to spell out the names of this players and the injuries they suffered that he attributed to our field conditions in previous seasons. Tell the council your unique story.
Here’s what you can do to advocate:
- Call or email our county council members at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call the council members at +1(410)996-5201
- Attend and speak at a county council meeting (Tips for speaking)
- April 17, 7 PM
- May 1
- Citizens’ Corner at 6 PM
- Council Meeting at 7 PM
- May 15, 7 PM
- Attend and speak at the public budget hearing on May 22rd at Elkton High School at 7 PM