Taxes

Our Montgomery County Delegation – Do They Really Represent us?

Isn’t it ironic that 11,000 of our school children obtain their education operating out of portable classrooms? We are the largest jurisdiction in the state with the greatest number of students without whom Maryland public schools would not rank number one in the country. And yet our 32-member delegation to Annapolis has failed in securing…

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Video of Debate Among Candidates for County Executive

 On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, a debate was held at the Rockville Library among the four candidates for County Executive.  The Democratic candidates were Phil Andrews, Doug  Duncan and Ike Leggett.  The Republican candidate was Jim Shalleck.  The moderator was Andrea McCarren of WUSA channel 9.  The debate was co-sponsored by the Montgomery County Taxpayers…

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FY15 Budget Hearing: Testimony by Joan Fidler

At the hearing in the County Council hearing room Joan Fidler, President of MCTL, gave this testimony April 9, 2014: Montgomery County Council FY 2015 Budget Testimony Joan Fidler – MCPS Budget, April 9, 2014 I am Joan Fidler, president of the Montgomery County Taxpayers League. Here are our comments on the proposed FY 2015…

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FY15 Budget Hearing: Testimony by Gordon Brenne

At the hearing in the County Council hearing room Gordie Brenne, Vice-Presdinet of MCTL, gave this testimony April 9, 2014: Montgomery County Council FY 2015 Budget Testimony Gordie Brenne – MCPS Budget, April 9, 2014 My name is Gordie Brenne, and I’m an accountant and VP of the Montgomery County Taxpayers League, testifying as an…

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President Fidler Testifies in Annapolis

MCTL President Joan Fidler testified in Annapolis against a proposal to create a special taxing district to finance transportation needs along Rockville Pike. The League opposes this bill because it is just another way for the county to bypass the voter-approved limitations on the budget. Her testimony on HB 1279 was given on March 6,…

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MCTL Co-sponsors Hackathon Feb. 8-9

 The Great Montgomery Hackathon, sponsored by the Montgomery County Civic Federation and the Montgomery County Taxpayers League, takes place Saturday and Sunday, February 8-9, 2014.  It will focus on Transit, Demographics and Public Information. It will be held at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814. We’ll be bringing together…

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Questions Sent To Council President Rice In Advance

Questions sent to Mr. Rice in advance of the meeting of Jan. 16, 2014: Topic:   ” The Financial Picture for Montgomery County in 2014″ Speaker:  Craig Rice, President, Montgomery County Council 1. As this is an election year and though fiscal projections for the year, while they have improved, continue to prove challenging, how…

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Proposed FY15 Budget Has $166 Million Gap

  From the County Executive’s proposed FY2015 Budget (p. 16): “However, expenditures are estimated to grow by specific major known commitments of $132 million, illustrating the costs and challenges that exist in the budget, producing a budget gap of $166 million that must be closed by March 15th. “Because of State law requiring a certain…

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“When it rains, it pours … taxes”

From the Montgomery Gazette of July 31, 2013, a letter to the editor by MCTL President Joan Fidler: The Susquehanna River alone, flowing through the Conowingo dam, running less than 20 miles into Maryland before entering the top of the Bay, accounts for 41 percent of nitrogen and 25 percent of phosphorus, yet New York…

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