Thursday, March 1, 2012

Advisory Board weighs in on local budget needs

The Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board weighed in last week on the FY2013-2018 Capital Improvements Program currently under review by the County Council. In their February 23 letter to Council President Roger Berliner, the Board expressed support for local needs including funding the Bethesda Metro South Entrance; building school capacity projects; and site selection for the North Bethesda Community Recreation Center.

The Board also presented their views on operating budget needs to County Executive Ike Leggett in advance of his March 15 release of the recommended FY2013 operating budget. The County Executive held a January 9, 2012 forum at the BCC Regional Services Center to hear from the WMCCAB and members about local budget priorities.

In their February 23 letter to the County Executive, the Board highlighted school resource officers, libraries, transit, and pedestrian safety among the local priorities requiring additional funding in the coming year.

The Board has scheduled additional discussion of the FY2013 Operating Budget at their March meeting. That needing will take place on March 19, 7pm, at the BCC Regional Services Center.

Illustration of the Bethesda Metro South Entrance