Public Safety

Planning Summit Monday, June 10th, 6:45pm

MCTL Planning Summit Monday, June 10th, 2019, beginning at 6:45pm Purpose:  To focus on new approaches, to foster participation in county fiscal issues, to increase involvement in Taxpayer League research and to follow up on efficient and effective government. Monday, June 10th, 2019, beginning at 6:45pm ending at 9:00 pm Rockville Library (Town Center), 21…

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45% of County government employees live outside the County

From Bethesda Beat: “Almost half of Montgomery County government’s 9,000-plus employees live outside the county, according to a new personnel management report….According to the latest report, 4,159 of 9,243 permanent employees – 45% – lived either in a different Maryland county a neighboring state.” Employees of Montgomery County Public Schools are not considered employees of…

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Could Maryland be less blatantly business-averse?

From the Maryland Public Policy Institute, an article by Carol Park: “From mandatory paid sick leave to a proposed $15 minimum wage, Maryland has never been the friendliest state for restaurant owners. Now, Maryland is about to become the first state in the country to ban carryout food containers made from polystyrene, commonly called Styrofoam.”…

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"Here’s why three county unions are receiving generous raises"

From bethesdamagazine.com/bethesda-beat/ by Adam Pagnucco: “County Executive Marc Elrich has given the county’s largest labor union its most generous contract in recent memory.  And he has paid for it with a one-time diversion from retiree health care money, leaving huge uncertainty on how his labor contracts will be funded in the future….MCGEO, the police union…

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Cancelled

Due to weather conditions, the MCTL meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 20, has been canceled.

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Popular Annual Fiscal Report – FY18

Montgomery County recently released its Popular Annual Fiscal Report (PAFR) for FY18.  Its 16 pages are full of facts about the county’s fiscal resources and expenditures. Miscellaneous data include– —  Population: 1.057 million —  Median Household income:   $103,178 —  Top employer:  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  (Of the top ten employers, 4…

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County’s Dark Economic Prospects

According to new report from the County Council’s Office of Legislative Oversight (OLO) the county faces a difficult fiscal path ahead.  Basically, income will not be enough to cover expenses.  About 88% of the county’s programs are financed by income taxes and property taxes.  Income taxes can’t be raised because the rates are at the…

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Budget cutting coming up?

From bethesdamagazine.com:  “The county, [legislative analysts Craig Howard and Aron Trombka] explained, was able to avoid a budget shortfall between 2014 and 2019 largely due to two factors—a sharp drop in retirement costs and additional revenue resulting from council’s vote to increase property taxes by nearly 9 percent in 2016.”    

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Notes from the meeting of Oct. 17, 2018 – Dept. of Liquor Control

Meeting of October 17, 2018 Topic: “The Department of Liquor Control” Speaker: Robert Dorfman, Director, Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control The Montgomery County Taxpayers League (MCTL) met with the Director of the Department of Liquor Control (DLC), Robert Dorfman and his staff on Oct. 17, 2018.  He provided an overview of the DLS’s position…

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Questions for meeting of October 17, 2018 Presentation:   “Department of Liquor Control:                                Are Major Improvements Making a Difference?” Speaker:         Robert Dorfman, Director                              Department of Liquor Control                              Montgomery County 1.  A few years ago, Montgomery County was dead last in the state for liquor and beer per capita sales?  Has the situation…

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