Monday, April 15, 2013
The Gaithersburg Mayor and City Council will meet Monday at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Gaithersburg residents will have an opportunity to voice their opinion on the fiscal year 2014 budget and proposed property tax increase at Monday evening's mayor and City Council meeting. City Manager Tony Tomasello's propsed budget is the largest in Gaithersburg history. It does not propose an increase in Gaithersburg's property tax rate, but would be exceeding the constant tax rate set by the state. Joining Mayor Sidney Katz and the Council will be members of the District 17 delegation, who are attending the meeting to give a brief presentation on highlights of the 2013 legislative session. Sen. Jennie Forehand, Dels. Kumar Barve, Jim Gilchrist and Luiz Simmons are expected to attend. The full agenda can be viewed on the city of …
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 …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The Gaithersburg Mayor and City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.
A vote to approve polling places for the city's 2013 election is among numerous agenda items for a special Tuesday evening Gaithersburg Mayor and City Council meeting. The Gaithersburg Board of Supervisors of Elections recommends six voting districts, with polling places at the following locations: The voting districts can be viewed on the map above. Also on the agenda is the introduction of an ordinance to adopt the city budget for fiscal year 2014. More information on the fiscal year 2014 budget can be found on the city of Gaithersburg website. Other agenda items of note include: The full agenda can be viewed on the city of Gaithersburg website.
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…
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 …
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:
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
County officials will take questions about the $2.23 billion budget request adopted by the Montgomery County Board of Education Monday.
The Montgomery County Board of Education voted Monday evening to submit a $2.23 billion budget request to the county executive and the county council for consideration on March 1. The budget request for fiscal year 2014 represents a 2.6 percent increase over the current year’s budget, according to a statement released by Montgomery County Public Schools. Tuesday night, board members and the school superintendent will join the county executive and five councilmembers at a forum hosted by the Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations. The forum is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville. County Executive Isiah Leggett, Superintendent Joshua …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
"We're doing a good job of being financially stable, financially conscientious," says Gaithersburg Director of Finance and Administration Harold Belton.
The Gaithersburg mayor and City Council were briefed Monday evening on the city's financial state during the annual budget forum, and city officials said Gaithersburg remains in good financial standing. The city saved approximately $8 million in FY2012, and that money will go directly towards funding projects in FY2013 and FY2014, said Director of Finance and Administration Harold Belton said. "We're doing a good job of being financially stable, financially conscientious," Belton said. City Manager Tony Tomasello said he expects state and federal funding to shrink in the near future, but the city is prepared to handle the loss of those funds. "We're not as dependent on intergovernmental relations as we once were ... we're focusing on the …
Monday, February 11, 2013
The Gaithersburg mayor and City Council host the FY2014 budget forum at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Ahead of the 2013 Gaithersburg Mayor and City Council retreat, the city's elected officials are seeking public feedback on the FY2014 budget at Monday evening's annual budget forum. Gaithersburg City Manager Tony Tomasello will present a brief overview of the budget and identify economic factors and other issues that could impact the budget, according to city documents. The entire presentation — featuring a review of Gaithersburg's FY2012 budget and future issues relating to federal, state, and county budgets, health care reform, and more — is available on the city of Gaithersburg website. Immediately following Tomasello's presentation, an opportunity for public input will be provided. SPEAK OUT: Will you attend tonight's annual budget …
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 …