Got questions for the comptroller?
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, described in his official biography as a “fiscal watchdog for the taxpayers of Maryland”, will answer questions from our readers at a meeting with The Dagger set for Friday.
Franchot requested the July 26 meeting, which coincides with a visit to Harford County for appearances in Fallston and Bel Air. In keeping with our practice of reader engagement, The Dagger invites questions for Comptroller Franchot in the space below, with selected questions and answers to be published next week.
Franchot has announced plans to run for re-election in 2014.
Below is an overview of the state comptroller’s official duties and responsibilities:
“The Comptroller is one of four statewide elected officials in Maryland. Unique among state financial officers, Maryland’s Comptroller has diverse and far-reaching responsibilities that touch the lives of every Marylander.
The Comptroller of Maryland is the:
• chief financial officer for Maryland
• collector of revenue for state programs
• provider of information technology services for most state agencies
• regulator of the state’s alcohol, tobacco and motor fuel industries
• member of many state boards and commissions”
Among those state boards are:
“Board of Revenue Estimates
The Board of Revenue Estimates includes the state treasurer, who is elected by the General Assembly, and the budget secretary, who is appointed by the governor, in addition to the comptroller. The Board of Revenue Estimates oversees revenue tracking and forecasting.
Board of Public Works
The comptroller serves with the governor and state treasurer on the Board of Public Works, which approves all state contracts and leases valued at $200,000 or more. The board also manages the sale of Maryland’s general obligation bonds.
Board of Trustees of the State Retirement and Pension System
The comptroller is currently vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees of the State Retirement and Pension System. The system manages a $34 billion fund covering state and some local government employees, as well as teachers, state police, judges and legislators.”
Comptroller Franchot’s planned stops in Harford County for Friday, July 26th include the Harford County Farm Fair, and the following scheduled appearances:
Noon – Program Open Space Tour: Fallston Recreation Complex
1809 Fallston Road
Fallston, MD 21047
3 p.m. – Proclamation Presentation: Bel Air Volunteer Fire Dept.
109 South Hickory Avenue
Bel Air, MD 21014