This League of Women Voters of Calvert County (LWVCC) report assesses the effectiveness of the Calvert County government in engaging its citizens in important county decisions. The study was undertaken as part of the League’s mission to foster greater citizen participation in government and greater understanding of county government operations and decision-making.
The League’s report on “Transparency of County Governance” explores three case studies including:
The study is based on the U.S. League of Women Voters’ Representative Government position. It advocates an open government system that is accountable, responsive, and promotes the values and processes of representative government.
This is the third study conducted and released by the League of Women Voters during the past nine years. The other recent studies were “The Greening of Calvert County” (October 2008) and “Services for Children, Youth, and Families in Calvert County, MD” (September 2005).
We hope that this study will be the beginning of a dialogue between the citizens of Calvert County and their government officials. To this end we are prepared to participate in this important and necessary discussion.
We thank the Transparency Study Committee for all of their work. The Committee is listed on the inside back cover of this report.
Annette J. Funn Sharron Bickel
Co-President, Calvert County LWV LWV Observer Team Chair