After County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. presented his fiscal year 2020 budget to the Baltimore County Council on Monday, Towson’s representative on the council said there were parts he liked, and parts he didn’t.

“I think the budget is a mixed bag for Towson,” Councilman David Marks said Monday after Olszewski’s speech in the council chambers in Towson.

One highlight: planning money for a Towson Circulator pilot program. A project Marks has long sought, the circulator would bring a regular free bus route in and out of downtown Towson.

“Our county has not historically focused on the importance of integrated transportation planning,” Olszewski said in his speech, saying the Towson Circulator is one of the “key, innovative investments” in that area.

Spokesman T.J. Smith said the budget includes $100,000 in planning money for the circulator. Marks said if operating funds are allocated next year, the pilot could be in place by 2021.

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