Friday, March 15, 2013
The plan holds the line on property taxes and schools aid and boosts aid for public safety.
A $4.8 billion county operating budget plan unveiled by Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett on Friday holds the line on property taxes and schools spending and adds more than 100 new jobs in public safety and libraries. Leggett (D) presented his budget plan for fiscal 2014, which begins July 1, at a news conference in Rockville. The plan would keep property taxes within the limit allowed by the county charter and below the rate of inflation. Average monthly property taxes would increase by $6.67. Tax-supported government spending would increase by 3.9 percent—less than half the increase in fiscal 2013—to $1.3 billion. Leggett also proposed a slight increase in aid for Montgomery County Public Schools to meet Maryland's maintenance of…
The Montgomery County Executive explained his proposal to increase spending on public safety and hold the line on property taxes.
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) on Friday unveiled his budget proposal for fiscal 2014, which begins July 1. Related Content:
Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr said he is disappointed in the County Executive's budget plan.
The amount of aid for county schools proposed by Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett in his fiscal 2014 county budget plan falls short of what's needed, Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr said Friday. Leggett's plan calls for a schools budget of $2.23 billion—an increase of $65.8 million, or 3 percent more than the budget approved for the current school year. "The County Executive's recommendation would fund 100 percent of the [school board]'s request," according to Leggett's budget proposal. Click here to read more on Leggett's fiscal 2014 budget plan and here to hear the County Executive discuss the proposal. The proposal is a slight increase in spending for MCPS, to the level required by the state's …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
County Executive Isiah Leggett is expected to outline budget priorities for 2014
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett will discuss budget priorties for 2014 during public budget forum at BlackRock Center for the Arts on Thursday. The forum is the second of five throughout the county, aimed at soliciting public imput. Leggett will formally announce the operating budget on March 15. The County Council will approve the operating budget at the end of May. Additonal budget forums are scheduled for: • Jan. 28, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Service Center, 4805 Edgemoor La., Bethesda • Jan. 29, Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring • Feb. 4, Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Rd., Silver Spring --- If you go What: Budget Forum, hosted by Montgomery County Executive …
Construction would begin in winter 2013 under County Executive Isiah Leggett’s proposed amendments to the six-year capital spending plan
Construction on the North Potomac Community Center would be delayed by six months under Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett’s proposed changes to the six-year capital-spending plan released this month. Citing “fiscal constraints,” county records show construction on the North Potomac Community Center would begin in the fall or winter of 2013. The delay comes after Montgomery County Council authorized spending $38 million to build the community center, a 33,000-square-foot facility to be built next to Big Pines Park. Permits were obtained in fall 2012, county records show. Talks of building a community center have been going on for more than 10 years, but the design process did not begin until 2008. In 2009, the department completed …
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Fiscal year 2014 budget would delay some planned projects in the 2013-2018 Capital Improvements Program.
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett released his fiscal year 2014 capital budget this past week, and recommended that a number of planned projects in the six-year, $4.37 billion Capital Improvements Program be delayed. Leggett's proposal was released by the county's community relations department. Leggett spoke on the issue of the CIP, stating that "reducing CIP growth and debt service payments is an essential part of my ongoing strategy to ensure that our fiscal house is in order." Regarding the debt service, Leggett explained his recommendations as being limited to "previously established guidelines of $295 million a year in each of the six years in this CIP." Transportation-related projects that would be affected by the amended …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Challenges loom as state laws on school funding and teacher pensions add to fiscal burdens.
ROCKVILLE—For anyone who has ever taken a look at Montgomery County’s budget—or a tax bill—and wondered: “Where does all the money go?” or “What were they thinking?” Thursday is a chance to get your questions answered. The Montgomery County Council will host a forum on the next county operating budget at 7:30 p.m. in the third floor council hearing room of the Stella B. Werner County Council Building, at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. Can’t make it to the forum? It will be carried live by County Cable Montgomery (Channel 6 on Comcast and RCN, Channel 30 on Verizon) and streamed on the county website at http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov. The 90-minute-long forum will include a presentation on the challenges county officials face and time …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
County officials blamed the bad economy, increased costs in health benefits for retirees and the $30 million needed to meet state funding requirements for Montgomery County Public Schools.
Early projections forecast a $71 million budget shortfall for 2014 public services in Montgomery County, part of the fiscal plan the Montgomery County Council adopted Tuesday. County officials blamed the bad economy, increased costs in health benefits for retirees and the $30 million needed to meet state funding requirements for Montgomery County Public Schools, county records show. County officials declined to say whether they would raise taxes or make cuts to close the gap, according to The Washington Post. On Monday, the council’s government operations committee voted unanimously to recommend the 2013-18 fiscal plan. County staff will update the summary in December.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The budget allows for raises for school employees and accounts for more than 2,400 additional students.
The $2.15 billion budget the Montgomery County Board of Education approved last week includes pay raises for administrators, teachers and staff — the first in three years. “MCPS has a national reputation for excellence and if we are going to sustain that excellence, we must reward and retain the employees who are doing such tremendous work," Superintendent Joshua P. Starr said in an emailed press release. The Board of Education approved the budget during its meeting June 14. The budget is an increase of about $73.2 million, or 3.5 percent, over last year’s, accounting for an estimated 2,400 additional students in the system. Roughly $27.2 million of the budget would be used to cover teacher pensions, which were previously billed to the …
Friday, May 4, 2012
Governor: 'There is too much at stake not to move forward.'
Gov. Martin O'Malley on Friday announced that he is calling lawmakers back to Annapolis on May 14 for a special legislative session to address the state budget. The governor's office said in a news release that the special session would "ensure that Maryland’s Triple A bond rating is protected, and critical investments in public education, public safety, the State’s workforce, and critical social services are restored." The General Assembly adjourned its 2012 regular session on April 9 after lawmakers struggled, and ultimately failed, to avoid massive cuts in the state budget. The spending plan approved in the session's final hours included $512 million in cuts to public schools, law enforcement and social services. O'Malley (D), Senate …