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.