Archive for March 2013

Questions sent to Jennifer Hughes in advance of the meeting of March 28, 2013

Questions sent to Jennifer Hughes, Director, Office of Management and Budget, Montgomery County, in advance of the meeting of March 28, 2013: 1. Is the proposed salary increase of 13.5% over 2 years sustainable in light of revenue projections and new program needs?  What will this pay increase cost the county over the next 10…

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“Md. Senate bill would shield most spending from cuts in perpetuity”

From the Washington Post of March 7, 2013: The effect of the bill would be to force local governments to maintain spending levels on jails, libraries, roads, police, sheriffs and fire departments. The measure would allow no exceptions, even as priorities shift, populations shrink or emergencies arise. To comply with the legislation in such circumstances,…

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“Montgomery taxpayers league grills president of countywide parent group”

From the Gazette of March 6, 2013: “Only a handful of people from outside the school system take part as schools superintendent Joshua Starr draws up his budget. “Montgomery County Taxpayers League President Joan Fidler thinks more leaders of civic groups could be included to ensure efficiencies. “It could be us,” Fidler said. “But it…

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