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Council President’s Message

County Executive Leggett submitted his FY19 budget proposal to the County Council last Thursday. I appreciate the great work that the Executive and his staff have done to get us to this point in the budget process. The County Executive’s budget, which you can explore using the County’s Open Budget tools, provides a solid foundation for the Council to begin its work to determine the final budget. Keep tabs on the Council’s progress by visiting our budget webpage.

In addition to the FY19 budget, the Council has a full agenda for the week ahead. Three bills dealing with environmental issues will be introduced, and the Council will take final action on economic development legislation. The Council continues its work on the Capital Budget with tentative approval of projects in public safety, technology, and transportation. The Council will also conclude its work on the 10 Year Water and Sewer Plan. The plan (in concert with County’s master plans) determines where and how sewer or septic systems decisions are made. Read the staff memo here.

On Tuesday night, we have a public hearing about a proposal from the County Executive to amend the zoning code to allow for new telecommunications equipment. Specifically, new antennas that companies like Verizon and AT&T (to name just a few) want to install for the next generation of connectivity are smaller and intended to be placed on utility poles, streetlights, and similar locations, but the zoning code does not allow for them. There are many challenging issues involved.

Committees will take up many substantial issues, from affordable housing legislation and Montgomery College capital funding to the Purple Line. Read the full committee agenda here.

Cordially,

Hans Riemer Signature

Hans Riemer
Council President

RECENT ACTIONS

  • The Council met with more than 200 people at the Council’s Town Hall at the White Oak Recreation Center on March 14. We discussed a wide range of issues including economic development, the opportunity gap, protections for our immigrant communities, libraries, crime and litter. A portion of the meeting can be viewed here.
  • The Council tentatively approved capital projects affecting WSSC, Public Safety, and Recreation

How do I…

…get involved with the Council’s work on the FY19 budget.

Final Council action on the FY19 budget is currently scheduled for May 24, but we need your help in the meantime. We want to know what services are most important to you and how we can make local government more responsive to your needs. Here are a couple ways to make your voice heard during the budget process:

Below is the County’s budget timeline.

January 15
County Executive submits proposed Capital Improvements Program (CIP) and capital budget to the Council.

February
Early February – Capital Improvements Program (CIP) public hearings are scheduled.
For the FY19-24 CIP, Council public hearings were held on February 6 and 7.

March 15
County Executive submits proposed operating budget to the Council.

April
Early April – Operating budget public hearings are scheduled.
For the FY19 budget these public hearings are scheduled for April 10, 11 and 12.
Committee meetings begin to review operating budget.

May
Council operating budget meetings begin.
For the FY19 budget these meetings are tentatively scheduled for May 7-17.
Final vote on the operating budget is tentatively scheduled for May 24.

June 1
Council must take final action on the budget no later than June 1.

July 1
New fiscal year begins.

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