Taxes

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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‘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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Questions for meeting of November 15, 2017

Questions for the meeting of November 15, 2017 Topic:  “Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation:  Bringing Jobs to  Montgomery County?” Speaker: David Petr,  President and CEO, Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation Free and open to the public The following questions sent to the speaker in advance of the meeting: 1. The Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation…

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Questions for the meeting of October 25, 2017

Questions for the meeting of October 25, 2017   Topic:        “How do Planning Board decisions affect the Taxpayers of Montgomery County?” Speaker:   Casey Anderson, Chair, Montgomery County Planning Board October 25, 2017  —   7-9 pm. —  Council Office Building —  3rd floor conference room Free and open to the public  The following…

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“Setting the Record Straight on MCPS Funding”

From Seventh State, Oct. October 13, 2017, a letter to the editor from Nancy Floreen, a member of the Montgomery County Council: “Were the preceding seven years really a period of “austerity” for MCPS and “lavish” times for others?  Consider the facts…. “2. During the worst years of the recession, FY09-12, only two agencies –…

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“Montgomery County’s expensive private attorneys”

From the Washington Post website of July 15, 2017: “Montgomery County accumulated excessive legal bills to pursue a lawsuit against the designers and builders of the long-delayed Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center in Silver Spring.  When all these payments are added together, Montgomery County, in a case that never went to trial, will have paid…

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Questions for the meeting of June 14, 2017

Questions for the meeting of June 14, 2017 Topic:   Affordable Housing in Montgomery County: Vouchers or New Construction? ” Speaker:  Clarence Snuggs, Director, Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Montgomery County June 14, 2017  — Free and open to the public — 7-9 pm. —  Council Office Building The following questions have been sent…

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County, Schools Arrive At Plan For Fully Funding Schools’ Budget

From BethesdaBeat.com May 15, 2017: “The Montgomery County Council agreed to supply the county’s public schools with $1.663 billion during fiscal 2018, enough when combined with state and federal aid to cover the $2.522 billion spending plan backed by the school board….The $1.663 billion funding level suggested by the county executive is about $19 million…

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Questions for the meeting of April 19, 2017

Topic:   ” The Montgomery County Police Department and Performance-Based Budgeting” Speaker:  J. Thomas Manger, Chief of Police, Montgomery County April 19, 2017  — Free and open to the public — 7-9 pm. —  Council Office Building The following questions have been sent to Chief Manger in advance of the meeting 1. Almost every police…

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Notes from the meeting of March 22, 2017

Topic: “The FY 2018 Montgomery County Budget and what it means for County Residents” Speaker:   Jennifer Hughes, Director Office of Management and Budget, Montgomery County Wed., March 22, 2017  –  7:00 – 9:00 pm Council Office Bldg. (3rd Fl. Conf. Rm.), 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850 Free and open to the public Here are…

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