Friday, April 26, 2013
Ride On passengers get a free ride in exchange for a non-perishable food item or children’s item.
As part of the 2013 launch of Ride On's annual "Give and Ride" program, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett joined Manna Food Center Executive Director Minerva Delgado on Thursday to urge residents to make donations to the food drive. As part of the program, Ride On passengers get a free ride in exchange for a non-perishable food item or children’s item. Others can participate in the food drive by giving their donations to any Ride On bus driver or by sending contributions directly to Manna. Disposable diapers, formula, baby or toddler food and juice are especially useful to families in need. Leggett helped distribute food to Manna clients during his visit.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Plan aims to improve business competitiveness by reducing raises for county employees.
Montgomery County Councilman Philip M. Andrews on Tuesday introduced a plan to reduce the 2010 increase in Montgomery County’s energy tax by 10 percent. The county's energy tax was raised by 155 percent on homeowners and by nearly 60 percent on businesses and nonprofit organizations in 2010, according to a County Council news release. A 10 percent reduction would reduce county revenues by $11.4 million in fiscal 2014, which begins July 1. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg proposes paying for the energy tax reduction by slashing the pay increases for county employees over the next two years. Andrews, who is running for Montgomery County Executive in next year's election, criticized the agreement struck between the county employees unions …
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 …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
County lawmakers question how raises will affect the $134 million budget hole in fiscal 2014.
Montgomery County police officers could notice a bump in their pay come July 1. Officers would get a 2.1 percent pay raise, their first in four years, under an agreement with the county ratified by the county police union. The Fraternal Order of Police announced the new contract Monday, The Washington Examiner reported. The announcement follows a pay raise tentatively secured recently by the county firefighters, the report said. All firefighters would receive 2.75 percent salary increases. Raises were also announced in February for county government employees who are members of the Municipal and County Government Employees Organization, the report said. Those county employees would receive a 6.75 percent pay raise. The County Council must …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
The Montgomery County Executive wrote an op-ed for The Gazette, hoping to garner support for a bill to fund the replacement of trees lost to development.
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett took to The Gazette Wednesday, writing an op-ed seeking support for his proposed Tree Canopy Conservation bill. Leggett (D) writes: The good news is that trees cover more than half of the county. So why do we need this bill? The reason is that our urban tree canopy is now being endangered by new development patterns. As the land available for new development in our county grows scarce, we increasingly redevelop our older, urban areas. While this revitalizes aging communities, provides new homes, creates infrastructure close to existing employment centers and transportation networks and creates jobs vital to the county’s economy, it also affects our tree canopy. We must act now to protect and …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The Silver Spring Councilwoman joins Councilmembers George Leventhal and Phil Andrews, former County Executive Doug Duncan as Democratic candidates, The Washington Examiner reported.
Montgomery County Councilwoman Valerie Ervin, of Silver Spring, announced plans to join an already crowded Democratic field for the 2014 county executive race, The Washington Examiner reported. Ervin joins County Councilmen George Leventhal (At Large) and Phil Andrews (Gaithersburg/Rockville), along with former County Executive Doug Duncan in the race, according to the report. Current County Executive Ike Leggett could still announce a run for re-election. Ervin, 55, said she'd had "serious discussions" with multiple community members, pollsters and media consultants about starting her campaign, according to the report. Read the full story on The Washington Examiner.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Notable outcomes include passing a resolution on tighter gun restrictions, delaying funding for county transportation projects, and a denied school board request for additional funding.
The Montgomery County Council met Tuesday for its first session of 2013. Notable outcomes from the meeting include: Council Introduces Resolution To Promote Tighter Gun Restrictions The Montgomery County Council introduced a resolution Tuesday urging Gov. Martin O'Malley and state lawmakers to tighten restrictions on gun and ammunition sales. The resolution, Germantown Patch reported, asks state leaders to: "The proposals, introduced by Council President Nancy Navarro (D-East County), mirror many of the laws that Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and others in the state legislature will attempt to pass during the General Assembly" since the county lacks authority to regulate the sale or possession of firearms under state law, BethesdaNow.com …
Monday, January 7, 2013
Five public forums for Montgomery County's FY14 operating budget are scheduled in January and Feburary.
Montgomery County residents can have their say regarding the county's 2014 operating budget priorities at five public forums scheduled in January and February. The forums, which are sponsored by County Executive Ike Leggett, begin at 7 p.m. on the following dates: Leggett will announce his recommended fiscal year 2014 operating budget on March 15, and the county council approves the operating budget at the end of May. The county will provide sign language interpreter services upon request with notice as far in advance as possible, but no less than 72 hours prior to the event. If these or other services or aids are needed to participate in the forums, call 240-777-6507, TTY 240-777-6505 or email a request to karen.falcon@…