Budget

Irresponsible budgeting?

Posted  May 23, 2018, on Seventh State: And next year is already projected to see a $76.8 million shortfall after this year’s shortfall, which was over $100 million. Suppose you were an elected official reading that information.  What would you do?  Perhaps you might say, “Wow, things are kind of tight.  We need to cut…

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Testimony before the County Council on the Proposed FY 2019 Budget

Testimony before the County Council on the Proposed FY 2019 Budget April 11, 2018 Thank you for the opportunity to testify on the proposed FY 2019 budget. I am Joan Fidler, president of the Montgomery County Taxpayers League. I’d like to note that this is very definitely a $5.56 billion election year budget – no…

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Questions prospective voters could ask candidates for county and state office.

Many voters have asked us to come up with thoughtful questions that they could ask of candidates for local and state offices.  Too often we hear the same promises of greater support for schools, better transportation and lower taxes.  But very little is said about how a candidate intends to achieve these goals.  Our questions…

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“MoCo Establishment Growth is Almost Last in the Region”

From an article by David Lublin in The Seventh State (March 29, 2018); “Between 2011 and 2016, the [Washington] region’s 24 local jurisdictions collectively recorded a net gain of 13,939 establishments.  D.C. and Fairfax County added more than 3,000 each.  MoCo had a net gain of 6.  Not 600 or 60.  SIX.” Read the complete…

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Next Meeting: Monday, April 9, 2018 – 7:30 – 9:30 pm

 Montgomery County Taxpayers League  in partnership with  Montgomery County Civic Federation   Monday, April 9, 2018  –  7:30 – 9:30 pm Lobby Level Auditorium, Executive Office Building 101 Monroe Street, Rockville, MD 20850 PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME AND VENUE Free and open to the public                                        …

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State Report Blast Dept. of Assessment and Taxation

A just-released 49-page fiscal compliance audit report on the operations of the State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) has found the state is foregoing millions in property tax revenue because of inefficient assessments. “According to DAT’s records, only 275,461 of the 676,066 residential real properties (that is, 41 percent) that were to be reassessed…

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Improved Properties Are Not Being Reassessed Properly

Unimproved property taxpayers are subsidizing more expensive, improved property owners.  How big is the under-assessment problem?  A 2017 report estimates that Montgomery County’s residential property assessment base would be $2.7 to $3.6 billion higher, resulting in an additional $140M in annual property tax revenue. Read the report by Gordie Brenne and Carol Placek    

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County Debt Is Serious Problem

From The Seventh State of February 21, 2018:bethesdamagazine.com: “Over the last eight years, the county’s debt has been growing by more than 5 times the rate of inflation….Relative to the size of the population, the debt has been rising too.  When we compared the county’s total debt levels to population estimates from the U.S. Bureau…

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Accountability in Education Act: MCTL View

  Testimony sent to the Senate Education, Health and Environment Affairs Committee SB 302 – Accountability in Education Act of 2018 February 8, 2018 The Montgomery County Taxpayers League supports SB 302 – but with major reservations. The premise of the bill makes eminent good sense – the establishment of an Investigator General (IG) at…

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‘Montgomery County Bracing for Long-Term Revenue Decline’

From bethesdamagazine.com: “Montgomery County is revising its six-year revenue forecasts down by more than $400 million as income tax revenue lags behind previous projections…[County Executive Ike] Leggett noted that during the recession the county passed a savings plan of about $970 million in one year. But he said cutting spending at that rate isn’t possible…

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