Leggett Outlines County Budget Recommendations

Leggett presented his fiscal year 2013 budget proposal in Rockville Thursday.

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett outlined his $4.56 billion fiscal year 2013 budget proposal at a press conference in Rockville at noon on Thursday.

The proposal represents a 4.6 percent over the previous year. In dollars and cents, Leggett is proposing nearly $200 million more in expenditures for the upcoming fiscal year.

His recommendations include:

  • A $381,823 funding increase for Montgomery College
  • Restoring 92 county employee positions that have been eliminated during the previous five years,
  • A 10 percent increase in library spending
  • A 9.2 percent increase for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service
  • A $1.5 million earmark to help build 140 affordable housing units for seniors
  • A 10.4 percent increase for the Department of Transportation, which would be used to hire more bus drivers

Last year, the for fiscal year 2012; it represented a 2.2 percent increase from the previous year.

This year, Leggett proposes maintaining the current property tax revenue levels. Under the proposal, the water quality fund contributions would increase from $70 per household to $92.

Leggett called his proposal both "prudent" and a "great budget for Montgomery County."

The county council must vote on a the budget by June 1. Fiscal year 2013 starts on July 1 and continues through the following June.

For more details about the proposal or to submit your own feedback about the budget, visit the county's website.

Danila Sheveiko March 16, 2012 at 12:08 AM
The budget also contains the second $2 million to Westfield for the Costco Mall Addition project that includes the busiest gas station in the County shoehorned next to an outdoor swimming pool and single-family residences. Please see attached images.


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