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Council and Committee Meetings for May 7 and 8

For Immediate Release: Monday, May 7, 2018

Council and Committee Meetings for
May 7 and 8

The following Council and Committee meetings are scheduled for Monday, May 7 and Tuesday, May 8. Individuals interested in attending a Council or Committee meeting should confirm the information on the day of the meeting by visiting the Council’s web page at https://tinyurl.com/CountyCouncilMeetings or by calling the Council’s Legislative Information Office at 240-777-7931. All meetings are held in the Council Office Building (100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, Md), unless otherwise noted.

Meeting: Council Session
Date/Time: Monday, May 7 at 9:30 a.m.
Location: Third floor Council hearing room
Topics:

Overview of revenues and expenditures
This status report reflects the work of the Council's six Committees. The tracking report includes Committee recommendations that differ from the County Executive's budget recommendations.

The report shows that Council Committees have placed $23.2 million in County program and service needs on the reconciliation list. Committees have also recommended reductions of $l.6 million. The net reconciliation list is $21.6 million.

The next status report on May 16 will reflect the Council's upcoming decisions on a wide range of issues, including the May 9 and 10 budget consent calendars and the multiple individual budgets scheduled for review on May 7 - 15.

The staff report can be viewed here.

Worksession-Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Operating Budget and FY19-24 Capital Improvement Program (CIP)

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
The Council will review the operating budget and amendments to the capital budget for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC). The total proposed WSSC operating budget is $781.6 million, which is an increase of $40.3 million (or 5.4 percent) from the approved FY18 operating budget of $741.2 million. The Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment (T&E) Committee recommends approval of the operating budget as recommended by the County Executive.

The staff report can be viewed here.

Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
The Council will review the operating budget for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. (M-NCPPC). The requested operating budget for the M-NCPPC is $128.8 million. The County Executive recommends a budget of $123.9 million. The Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee recommends approval of the budget requests submitted by M-NCPPC, excluding all funds identified as non-recommended reductions to meet the County Executive's recommended budget.

The staff report can be viewed here.

The Council also will review amendments to M-NCPPC’s FY19-24 CIP. M-NCPPC’s CIP request for FY19-24 is $243.5 million, which is an increase of $59 million (31.9 percent) over the amended FY17-22 CIP. The PHED Committee supports the County Executive recommendations, with the following changes:

reduce GO Bonds in the M-NCPPC proposed CIP by $12.63 million; maintain the County Executive's Park and Planning Bonds reduction of $10.949 million but ensure that the Hillandale Local Park is on schedule with a reduced scope; keep the total Program Open Space funds as requested by M-NCPPC, but reallocate the funds among projects; support the County Executive’s current revenue reduction of $2.112 million; confirm a transfer of $750,000 in FY19 from the Community Use of Public Facilities’ (CUPF) to the M-NCPPC Ballfield Initiatives for the renovation of school ballfields; and request that M-NCPPC develop a plan to maintain all elementary and middle school fields.

The staff report can be viewed here.

Meeting: Government Operations & Fiscal Policy (GO) Committee
Date/Time: Monday, May 7 at 2 p.m.
Location: Third floor conference room
Topics: FY19 Operating Budget and FY19-24 CIP

Non-Departmental Account (NDA): Public Elections Fund
On September 30, 2014, the Council enacted, Bill 16-14, Elections - Public Campaign Financing. Bill 16-14 established a Public Election Fund to provide public campaign financing for a candidate for a County elective office. Bill 16-14 also established a Committee to Recommend Funding for the Public Election Fund.

Over the past several years, the Council has appropriated $11 million for the 2018 elections. Currently about $3 million has been disbursed from the fund. The County Executive is not recommending additional money for the Public Election Fund in FY19. On May 2 he requested that the Council reduce this fund by $1,325,00 because “disbursements from the Public Election Fund have been slower than originally anticipated.”

The staff report can be viewed here.

    Capital Improvements Program (CIP): General Government
    The GO Committee will review the County Executive's recommended adjustments to the FY19 Capital Budget and FY19-24 CIP, which were transmitted on March 15. Amendments were transmitted for Life Safety Systems: County government and heavy equipment replacement. These projects are administered by the Department of General Services (DGS).

    The Life Safety Systems Project provides funding for installation of modern life safety systems to protect the County's facilities and to protect buildings in the event of fire emergencies, as well as to minimize dangers to life from fire, including smoke and fumes.

    The heavy equipment replacement project shifts heavy equipment replacement costs from the Division of Fleet Management Services' operating budget to the CIP, and provides for the long-term financing of these replacements.

    The staff report can be viewed here.

    Meeting: Council Session
    Date/Time: Tuesday, May 8 at 9:30 a.m.
    Location: Third floor Council hearing room

    The Council will begin its meeting with a presentation of proclamations, including the commemoration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

    The Council also will hold public hearings at 1:30 p.m.

    The public hearing list can be viewed here.

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    Release ID: 18-134
    Media Contact: Sonya Healy 2407777926