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Questions for meeting of March 20, 2019

Questions for meeting of March 20, 2019 Presentation:    “How we Plan to Govern in Montgomery County” Speakers:  Council Member At-Large: Gabe Albornoz, Member, Health and Human Services Committee, and Public Safety Committee Will Jawando, Member, Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee, and Education and Culture Committee Following our meeting in January with new Council Members…

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Questions for meeting of February 20, 2019

Questions for meeting of February 20, 2019 Presentation:   “County Executive’s Transition Plan” Speaker:  Andrew Kleine, Chief Administrative Officer, Montgomery County Government 7 Questions sent to Mr. Kleine in advance of the meeting: 1. Thriving Youths –   Will the Executive recommend an MCPS FY 2020 budget based on a review of MCPS strategies to close…

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Notes from the meeting of Jan. 31, 2019 – Good Governance

Meeting of January 31, 2019 Topic: “Approaches to Good Governance in Montgomery County“ Speakers: Evan Glass, Council Member At-Large, Member Health & Human Services Comm., Transportation & Environment Comm. Andrew Friedson, Council Member – Dist. 1, Member Govt. Operations & Fiscal Policy Comm. ; Planning, Housing & Economic Development Committee Because of the limited time…

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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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“Is MoCo Becoming a Second-Class County?”

From an article by Adam Pagnucco in BethesdaMagazine.com: “For years, county leaders have viewed the county’s budgetary, legislative and regulatory policies as separate from economic development. Let’s look at some of what our county has done. We have had nine major tax hikes in 16 fiscal years. We have led the region in passing costly…

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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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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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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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