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Montgomery County, Maryland

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Montgomery County is one of 24 counties in Maryland.

Website evaluation

This site was most recently evaluated on Feb. 26, 2013.

The good

  • Budget
    • Current budget and budget chart is posted.[1]
    • Budgets are archived to 2006.
    • The 'Fiscal Plan' for 2012 - 2017is posted online.[2]
  • Taxes
    • County tax rates are posted.[3]
    • Taxes can be viewed and paid online.[4]
    • You can also find information on tax credits and an FAQ on taxes.[5][6]
  • Elected Officials
    • County council members listed with contact information.[7]
    • Other officials in directory.[8]
  • Meetings
    • Council meeting schedule, agenda, minutes, and video posted.[9]
    • Meeting information archived for three years.
  • Permits and Zoning
    • Building permits are provided.[10] and zoning informationCite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag
    • Audits are archived to 2006.
  • Contracts
    • Current contracts are available in a searchable database.[11]
    • Awarded contracts are posted.[12]

The bad

  • Zoning
    • There is a section for zoning, but the page is unavailable.[13]
  • Lobbying
  • Public Records
    • Form to make a public records request are not provided.

Budget

The district is facing a $300 million shortfall.[14] As a result, the dirstrict hopes to save $400 annually by not allowing "lifestyle" drugs, like Viagra, to be part of their medicare system.

Estimated Revenues for Montgomery County, MD 2011 - 2017 (Abridged][15]
' Est. FY11 Projected FY 12 Projected FY 13 Projected FY 14 Projected FY 15 Projected FY 16 Projected FY 17
Total Revenues (in millions) (in millions) (in millions) (in millions) (in millions) (in millions) (in millions)
Property Tax 1430 1462.2 1498.6 1549.7 1601.5 1659.3 1727.6
Income Tax 1043.7 117.2 1188.6 1248 1337.6 1427.5 1498.7
Transfer/Recordation Tax 134.8 143.5 150 161.8 159.8 170.3 172.7
Investment Income 0.7 1.6 2.7 5.2 7.2 8.8 10.3
Other Taxes 316.4 325.3 216.8 223.2 229 234.3 240.9
Other revenues 754.7 832.8 836.5 840.7 845 850.1 855.4
Total Revenues 3680.3 3882.7 3893.2 4028.6 4180.2 4350.4 4505.5
Montgomery County (MC) Expenditures, Schedule B-1 -- Expenditures by Type ,[16]
' Actual FY10 Budget FY11 Estimated FY11 Recommended FY12
Tax supported
MC gov\'t General Fund 910,865,014 842,911,520 840,803,060 857,092,070
MC gov\'t special Funds 335,531,019 320,644,730 325,845,750 318,380,620
Debt service special funds 237,431,102 259,091,380 258,894,630 291,574,070
MC Gov\'t Public schools current fund 198,905,678 1,919,842,746 1,889,568,492 1,987,614,562
Montgomery College current fund 210,576,208 215,024,676 207,916,317 216,524,676
Montgomery College special fund 696,390 750,000 650,000 750,000
M-NCPPC Special Funds 109,014,853 97,592,670 97,108,320 95,851,970
Non-Tax supported
MC Gov\'t special funds 170,155,831 147,671,550 164,081,020 152,221,940
MC Gov\'t Enterprise Funds 203,701,415 213,165,170 209,358,550 219,691,880
Debt service special funds 0 2,913,480 2,602,130 5,069,190
MC Public Schools Special funds 132,130,223 128,224,619 128,224,619 79,343,580
MC Public Schools Enterprise Funds 53,564,910 65,120,675 56,120,675 56,533,742
Montgomery College current fund 7,657,808 21,283,000 21,087,558 21,283,000
Montgomery College special fund 28,094,621 28,803,394 26,460,810 28,717,756
M-NCPPC Special Funds 515,765 550,000 550,000 550,000
M-NCPPC Enterprise Funds 14,147,007 16,205,000 15,492,550 16,130,440
Total Funding 4,332,987,844 4,270,794,610 4,244,764,481 4,347,309,496

Stimulus

Maryland has received at least $115 million in stimulus spending, which Montgomery County shares in. This spending is intended to expand and strengthen Maryland's One Broadband network and expand access to high-speed internet to county schools and housing opportunity commission locations.[17]

Public Employees

Elected Officials

The Montgomery County Council is the legislative branch of County Government. It has nine members, all elected at the same time by the voters of Montgomery County for four-year terms. Five members of the Council are elected by the voters of their respective council districts. Four members are elected at-large by all the voters of the County. The Council officers are elected by the Council from among its members in December for a one-year term[18].

Some of the Council’s principal responsibilities are[18]:

  • Appropriates money to fund the capital and operating budgets and sets the local property tax rate and other local taxes.
  • Approves all land use plans including the General Plan, area master plans, and sector plans prepared by the Planning Board.
  • Acts on zoning changes.
  • Exercises oversight over County programs to ensure efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Approves the six-year capital improvements, public services, and fiscal policy programs.
  • Approves the county Ten Year Solid Waste and Water Supply and Sewerage System Plans.
  • Serves as the Board of Health for Montgomery County.
  • Enacts all County laws and amendments to the Code.
  • The Council sets the tax rates required to fund the County budgets.
  • The Council confirms major appointments made by the County Executive and appoints the members of the Montgomery County Planning Board and the Board of Appeals.
  • Acts on or initiates reorganization plans for the County government’s executive branch.
  • Directs and reviews the annual independent audit of County government operations.

See also: EX state government salary

As of December 5, 2011 the Council President receives a salary of $108,976 per year. The other members receive a salary of $99,069 per year.[18]

The 2010 - 2014 members of the Montgomery County Council are:

  • Phil Andrews
  • Roger Berliner
  • Marc Elrich
  • Valerie Ervin
  • Nancy Floreen
  • George Leventhal
  • Nancy Navarro
  • Craig Rice
  • Hans Riemer

Members of the Montgomery County Council earn a salary of $94,351.[19]

Administrative Officials

The County Executive oversees the enforcement of the laws of Montgomery County and provides Executive direction to all departments and offices of the County government. The County Executive also develops policies; proposes plans, programs, budgets, and legislation to the County Council; adopts Executive Orders and Regulations and appoints residents to boards, committees, and commissions. Each month, staff publishes the Montgomery County Register, which makes available to the public information on proposed, adopted and temporary regulations issued by the County Executive and Boards and Commissions, as well as other important bulletins.[20]

The current County Executive of Montgomery County, MD is Isiah Leggett.

Other administrators include[20]

Chief Administrative Officer: Timothy L. Firestine

Special Assistants: Constantia Latham Joy Nurmi Charles Short

Assistant CAOs: Kathleen Boucher Fariba Kassiri Ramona Bell-Pearson Tom Street

Lobbying

In 2008, Montgomery County reported $130,000 spent on lobbying.[21]

External links


References

  1. Budget
  2. County Executive's Recommended FY 12 - 17 Public Services Program (PDF)
  3. Taxes
  4. Property Tax
  5. Tax Credits
  6. FAQ
  7. Council
  8. Directory
  9. Meetings
  10. Permits
  11. Contract Search
  12. Awarded bids
  13. Zoning
  14. Washington Examiner, Montgomery Council to put Viagra funding back in budget, May 17, 2011
  15. County Executive's Recommended FY12 - 17 Public Services Program [http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/content/omb/FY12/fiscalplan/pdf/fpsum-mar15.pdf (PDF)
  16. Montgomery County, Maryland Expenditure Schedule B (PDF)
  17. Montgomery County Maryland -- Council News
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Montgomery County, Maryland -- About the county Council
  19. Washington Post, Prince George’s elected officials due for a raise in tough economic times, Nov. 22, 2011
  20. 20.0 20.1 Montgomery County, Maryland -- County Executive
  21. Montgomery County - Open Secrets