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Montgomery County Council and Committee Meetings on May 11, 2022

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Council and Committees will review the FY23 Operating Budget and FY23-28 Capital Improvements Programs

 

For Immediate Release: May 10, 2022

The Council will meet on Wednesday, May 11 at 9:30 a.m. to review and take straw votes to approve 37 department and office budgets as well as non-departmental accounts in the FY23 Operating Budget. You can view the full list of budget items here.  

The Council will also review the FY23 Operating Budget and FY23-28 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) of the Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Mass Transit Fund and FY23 transportation fees, charges and fares, the DOT General Fund, CIP revisions for selected transportation projects, the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) and the Office of Human Rights (OHR). 

The joint Government Operations and Fiscal Policy (GO) and Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. to review the FY23 Operating Budget for the Office of Grants Management. 

The members of the GO Committee include Chair Nancy Navarro and Councilmembers Andrew Friedson and Sidney Katz. 

The members of the HHS Committee include Chair and Council President Gabe Albornoz, Council Vice President Evan Glass (Lead for Homelessness & Vulnerable Communities) and Councilmember Craig Rice.

More detail on each agenda item is provided below. 

 

FY23 Operating Budget – Mass Transit Fund and transportation fees, charges and fares 

Review and straw vote expected: The Council will review the FY23 Operating Budget for the DOT Mass Transit Fund. The recommended FY23 budget is more than $167.7 million, which is a 12.3 percent increase from the FY22 approved budget. The Council will review the Transportation and Environment (T&E) Committee’s recommendations, including a recommendation to approve Councilmember Hans Riemer’s proposal to re-allocate the Executive’s proposed Transportation Services Improvement Fund (TSIF) spending to incentivize putting more wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) in service and on the street longer, among other recommendations. 

Regarding transit fares, T&E Chair Tom Hucker and Vice President Glass recommend extending free Ride On service through FY23 but not subsidizing WMATA to reduce the $2 Metrobus fare, thus adding $9.8 million to the Reconciliation List in twelve $818,750 tranches. Councilmember Riemer recommends introducing a $1.50 Ride On fare in July 2022 and subsidizing WMATA to reduce the Metrobus fare to $1.50, a net savings of more than one million dollars.  

FY23 Operating Budget: General Fund and Leaf Vacuuming Fund 

Review and straw vote expected: The Council will review the FY23 Operating Budget for DOT’s General Fund and Leaf Vacuuming Fund. The Recommended FY23 Operating Budget for the General Fund is more than $49.1 million, which is a seven percent increase from the FY22 approved budget. The recommended FY23 budget for the Leaf Vacuuming Fund is more than $6.9 million, which is a 3.4 percent increase from the FY22 approved budget. The T&E Committee unanimously supports the Executive’s recommendations with two exceptions. Chair Hucker and Vice President Glass support the Executive’s recommendation to increase the tree planting and maintenance budget by $810,000. Councilmember Riemer recommends increasing this budget by $540,000 (two-thirds of the Executive’s proposed increase) and placing the $270,000 balance on the Reconciliation List. Councilmember Will Jawando proposed adding $116,000 to the Reconciliation List to raise the funding level for school walkshed assessments so that—if this level were maintained in subsequent years—the assessments would be completed in four years rather than eight. Committee members support this recommendation. 

FY23-28 CIP: Transportation 

Review and straw vote expected: The Council will review the FY23-38 CIP for DOT. On April 18, the Executive transmitted revisions to his Recommended FY23-28 CIP, largely based on state aid for local capital improvements approved by the Maryland General Assembly in its 2022 session. The T&E Committee met on May 2 to address these recommendations and address follow-up items discussed in earlier committee CIP meetings. Details on each of the capital projects can be found in the Council staff report, including but not limited to highway maintenance projects, the Bethesda and White Flint Metro Station entrances, bridge projects and pedestrian facilities and bikeways.   

FY23 Operating Budget: Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) 

Review and straw vote expected: The Council will review the FY23 Operating Budget for MCPD. The recommended FY23 budget for the department is more than $295.6 million, which is a 4.5 percent increase from the FY22 approved budget. The Council will review committee recommendations, including recommendations to add sufficient funding to increase the department’s cadet program from 12 to 25 cadets. The committee recommended approval of the rest of the budget as submitted by the Executive.

FY23 Operating Budget: Office of Human Rights (OHR) 

Review and straw vote expected: The Council will review the FY23 Operating Budget for OHR. The recommended FY23 budget is more than $1.6 million, which is a 7.7 percent decrease from the FY22 approved budget. The Council will review committee recommendations, including a recommendation to add $56,000 to the Reconciliation List to support the outreach activities of the Montgomery County Commission on Remembrance and Reconciliation (MCCRR). The committee recommended approval of the rest of the budget as submitted by the Executive. 

FY23 Operating Budget – Office of Grants Management 

Review: The joint GO/HHS Committee will review the FY23 Operating Budget for the Office of Grants Management. The Office of Grants Management is a new County non-principal office that will launch on July 1, 2022. The recommended FY23 budget includes funding three FTEs and office operating expenses totaling $341,309 comprising of a Director of the Office of Grants Management ($152,117), Grants Seeking Program Manager II ($89,596), Grants Distribution Program Manager II ($89,596), and office operating expenses ($10,000). The staff report will be available by Wednesday, May 11.

 

The Committee meeting schedule may change from time to time. The current Council and Committee agendas, Council staff reports and additional information on items scheduled for Council review can be viewed at: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/COUNCIL/ondemand/index.html.

Committees returned to in-person meetings on April 25 and the Council returned to in-person meetings on March 15. 

Residents continue to have the opportunity to testify remotely for public hearings or provide in-person testimony at the Council Office Building in Rockville for many public hearings.

The Council is recommending that residents, who choose to attend in-person Council or committee meetings, get fully vaccinated to protect themselves and others against COVID-19. If this is not possible, virtual participation is encouraged.

Council and committee meetings are streamed live on the Council’s web page via YouTube and on Facebook Live and can be watched on County Cable Montgomery on Xfinity/RCN 6 HD 996/1056, Fios 30, and on the CCM live stream.

 

Release ID: 22-198
Media Contact: Sonya Healy 240-777-7926, Benjamin Sky Brandt 240-777-7884