William B. (Bill) Henry, Chair (chosen jointly by Baltimore City Mayor & Baltimore County Executive)

Appointed by Governor: Timothy D. Barr; Jessica D. Medicus.

Appointed by Senate President: Cory V. McCray

Appointed by House Speaker: Dana M. Stein

Appointed by Baltimore City Mayor: Lester Davis; Jason W. Mitchell, Ed.D.; Patrick Moran; Kishia L. Powell.

Appointed by Baltimore County Executive: Lauren Buckler; Carla A. Reid; Robert M. Summers, Ph.D.

Appointed by Baltimore Metropolitn Council: Yosef Kebede

[photo, City Hall, 100 North Holliday St., Baltimore, Maryland] Staff:

c/o Office of Mayor
City Hall, Room 250, 100 North Holliday St., Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 396-3835; fax: (410) 576-9425

City Hall, 100 North Holliday St., Baltimore, Maryland, June 2006. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

Report to Governor, General Assembly, Baltimore City Mayor, & Baltimore County Executive due Jan. 30, 2024 (Chapters 178 & 179, Acts of 2023).

In 2023, the Baltimore Regional Water Governance Task Force was authorized by the General Assembly (Chapters 178 & 179, Acts of 2023).

The Task Force is to review the Organizational Structure and Governance Models, as well as the Governance Model Examples and Case Reviews of the Water/Sewer Services Comprehensive Business Process Review that was done for Baltimore City and Baltimore County in July 2021. The Task Force will assess how different regional approaches may improve ongoing operations and maintenance of safe, efficient, equitable, and affordable water and wastewater systems serving the Baltimore region. Evaluation is to cover management; operations; employee recruitment, retention, and training; billing and collections; planning for capital improvements; emergency management; and rate stability for customers. Alternative governance structures for the Baltimore region’s water and wastewater utility will be assessed and include frameworks for governance, financing, capital planning, future system capacity expansion, and decision–making processes. Moreover, the Task Force is to analyze the fiscal implications and efficiencies of each alternative governance structure, including estimated short– and long–term costs, 10–year historical costs that both jurisdictions have paid to the utility, and cost–savings associated with systems transitions; asset leases and capital planning; rate restructuring for Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and other wholesale stakeholders; debt consolidation and extension; and staffing and pension liabilities.

Authorization for the Task Force ends June 30, 2024.

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