Public Schools

“Montgomery County homeowners face biggest tax hike in seven years”

From the Washington Post of May 19, 2016: “The Montgomery County Council, citing the unmet needs of a school system facing explosive enrollment growth and a widening academic achievement gap, voted Thursday to raise the average residential property tax bill by 8.7 percent — the largest increase in seven years. The tax hike required a…

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“County Council Votes to Cut Pay Increases, Reduce Class Sizes”

From the Bethesda Beat May 16, 2016: “The council then pledged unanimous support of a $2.45 billion schools operating budget that is nearly $90 million more than the minimum required by state law…Council members made clear the spending approved Monday is dependent on the council’s approval of a 6.4 percent property tax increase and an…

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Message by MCTL President Opposing Tax Increase

MCTL President Joan Fidler sent the following email April 25, 2016, to Nancy Floreen, President of the County Council, asking the Council to vote against any tax increase: Dear President Floreen, We have been listening to the various Council committee hearings on the FY 2017 budget and it appears that all 9 members of the…

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MCTL Member Testifies in Opposition to FY2017 Budget

MCTL member Richard Fidler testified April 7, 2016, before the County Council in opposition to the proposed FY2017 budget:  Testimony on Proposed FY 2017 Budget for Montgomery County April 7, 2016 – Richard Fidler I am Richard Fidler, and although I play second fiddle to the president of the Montgomery County Taxpayers League, I am…

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MCTL Vice-President Testifies in Opposition to FY2017 Budget

MCTL Vice-President Gordie Brenne testified April 6, 2016, before the County Council in opposition to the proposed FY2017 budget:  Testimony on Proposed FY 2017 Budget for Montgomery County April 6, 2016 In the years leading up to the 2008 economic collapse, bankers, Wall Street, and mortgage originators got too greedy and were subsequently found guilty…

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MCTL President Testifies in Opposition to FY2017 Budget

MCTL President Joan Fidler testified April 6, 2016, before the County Council in opposition to the proposed FY2017 budget:  Testimony on Proposed FY 2017 Budget for Montgomery County April 6, 2016 I am Joan Fidler, president of the Montgomery County Taxpayers League, and I am here to express our dismay and disappointment at the budget…

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Taxpayers League Quoted in Bethesda Beat

At our meeting of March 23 a reporter from Bethesda Beat was present. His story started thusly: The county’s budget chief last week faced probably the toughest crowd possible at the toughest time possible. Just a week after County Executive Ike Leggett proposed an 8.6 percent property tax increase for next fiscal year, Office of…

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County Council budget hearings April 5-7

The County Executive announced his Recommended FY 2017 Operating Budget on March 15. “My recommended budget assumes a property tax rate of $1.0264 per $100 of assessed value. This rate is 3.94 cents above the current rate. Over the last three years, the net property tax rate increase is 1.6cents. I am recommending a property…

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Questions for Meeting of March 23, 2016

Questions sent to the speakers in advance of the MCTL meeting of March 23, 2016 Topic:   “FY 2017 Budget for Montgomery County – Straight Talk” Speaker:  Jennifer Hughes, Director, Office of Management and Budget, Montgomery County 1.  The FY 2017 proposed budget for Montgomery County increases taxes by 8.6%.  What is the projected rate of…

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Questions for Meeting of September 16, 2015

                    Montgomery County Taxpayers League Meeting                                               www.mctaxpayersleague.org                                Wednesday, September 16, 2015  –  7:00 – 9:00 pm (note time  change)                                                  3rd Floor Conference Room,  Council Office Building                                                         100…

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