Friday, March 15, 2013
The plan holds the line on property taxes and schools aid and boosts aid for public safety.
A $4.8 billion county operating budget plan unveiled by Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett on Friday holds the line on property taxes and schools spending and adds more than 100 new jobs in public safety and libraries. Leggett (D) presented his budget plan for fiscal 2014, which begins July 1, at a news conference in Rockville. The plan would keep property taxes within the limit allowed by the county charter and below the rate of inflation. Average monthly property taxes would increase by $6.67. Tax-supported government spending would increase by 3.9 percent—less than half the increase in fiscal 2013—to $1.3 billion. Leggett also proposed a slight increase in aid for Montgomery County Public Schools to meet Maryland's maintenance of…
The Montgomery County Executive explained his proposal to increase spending on public safety and hold the line on property taxes.
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) on Friday unveiled his budget proposal for fiscal 2014, which begins July 1. Related Content:
Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr said he is disappointed in the County Executive's budget plan.
The amount of aid for county schools proposed by Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett in his fiscal 2014 county budget plan falls short of what's needed, Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr said Friday. Leggett's plan calls for a schools budget of $2.23 billion—an increase of $65.8 million, or 3 percent more than the budget approved for the current school year. "The County Executive's recommendation would fund 100 percent of the [school board]'s request," according to Leggett's budget proposal. Click here to read more on Leggett's fiscal 2014 budget plan and here to hear the County Executive discuss the proposal. The proposal is a slight increase in spending for MCPS, to the level required by the state's …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Have your say in Montgomery County's fiscal year 2014 operating budget tonight.
Montgomery County residents will have the chance to give input into the county’s fiscal year 2014 operating budget today in Bethesda. The budget forum, sponsored by County Executive Ike Leggett, begins at 7 p.m. at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center located at 4805 Edgemoor Ln., Bethesda. Today’s meeting is the third of five residential forums designed to allow community members a say in the county’s annual budget priorities. The next two budget forums will take place Tuesday and on Feb. 4 in Silver Spring.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Notable outcomes include passing a resolution on tighter gun restrictions, delaying funding for county transportation projects, and a denied school board request for additional funding.
The Montgomery County Council met Tuesday for its first session of 2013. Notable outcomes from the meeting include: Council Introduces Resolution To Promote Tighter Gun Restrictions The Montgomery County Council introduced a resolution Tuesday urging Gov. Martin O'Malley and state lawmakers to tighten restrictions on gun and ammunition sales. The resolution, Germantown Patch reported, asks state leaders to: "The proposals, introduced by Council President Nancy Navarro (D-East County), mirror many of the laws that Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and others in the state legislature will attempt to pass during the General Assembly" since the county lacks authority to regulate the sale or possession of firearms under state law, BethesdaNow.com …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
What questions do you have for the county executive?
Montgomery County’s virtual town hall meetings kick off again on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 1 p.m. For an hour, County Executive Isiah Leggett will answer questions through a live chat online. To participate in the question and answer session, residents should enter questions before or during the hour-long chat online here. What questions do you have for Leggett? Will you participate in the discussion?
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett says the county was spared significant damage from Hurricane Sandy.
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett said the county was spared significant damage from Hurricane Sandy and the county's emergency operations and shelters would come to a close at 5 p.m. Tuesday. "News for us today is we're going back to normal operations," Leggett said from the Montgomery County Emergency Operations Center in Gaithersburg. "We fared very well compared to other locations." Approximately 10,000 Pepco customers remain without power, with numbers nearing 23,000 at the height of the storm. "Compared to previous events, that's significantly lower," Leggett said. The county executive praised Pepco for its proactive efforts in preparing for the storm. The utility service provider brought in a considerable amount of help, and …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
A year later, Sister Cities relationship is nourishing an offspring of economic and cultural exchanges.
What started as a partnership that took root between Montgomery County and El Salvador last summer is bearing fruit in the form of continued efforts to foster cultural understanding and spur educational and economic outreach. County Executive Isiah Leggett will give voice to those deepening ties on Sunday at the Salvadoran Festival at the Montgomery County fairgrounds in Gaithersburg, where he’ll address those celebrating El Salvador's independence. The burgeoning relationship traces back to 2009 when Leggett (D) pushed to find Montgomery County its first Sister City. El Salvador accounts for one-third of Montgomery County’s residents who are foreign-born, making the Central American country an obvious choice as Montgomery’s first Sister …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to shift hundreds of millions of dollars in teacher pension costs from the state to the county level is "a non-starter," Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett said.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
By Mike Bock and Lizzy McLellan, Capital News Service Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to shift hundreds of millions of dollars in teacher pension costs from the state to the county level is "a non-starter," Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett said, after emerging from a Tuesday afternoon meeting with the governor and county leaders from around the state. O'Malley's proposed shift to the counties in teacher pension costs would save the state about $240 million, according to a person present at the meeting, who was not authorized to speak on the record. "The bottom line is that it's not an acceptable approach," said Leggett. He added that the mechanisms to soften the blow are inefficient, and that the change would be immediate. "It's a …
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Leggett, others want Maryland to invest in Montgomery.
Montgomery County officials pressed state leaders to support efforts to resolve the county's transportation problems. "We will not go anywhere unless we solve the transportation problem, and we need the state to help us," County Executive Ike Leggett said. Leggett spoke at the Committee for Montgomery breakfast at the Montgomery County Conference Center, where members of the Montgomery County Council and the delegation to the General Assembly shared the message that state investments in the county pay good dividends. "For just as it was once said that what is good for General Motors is good for America, I am not alone in saying what is good for Montgomery County is good for the state of Maryland," Council President Roger Berliner said. In …