Thursday, March 15, 2012

County Executive Leggett releases recommended FY2013 budget

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett today recommended a $4.56B operating budget for fiscal year (FY) 2013 that begins July 1. Leggett’s budget strategically restores some of the most critical and important services that were cut back dramatically over the past five years as the County faced unprecedented budget challenges.

The budget focuses on fully funding education, increasing strategic investments in public safety and the safety net for the most vulnerable, and restoring some hours for libraries and services for recreation centers.

The Department of Police budget increases by 6.9 percent, funding 43 additional officers. The budget adds a second new recruit class of 30 officers; and moves the County to a unified 911 call center to improve efficiency and response times in emergencies.

The Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service (MCFRS) would see a 9.2 percent increase under this budget to fill critically needed posts, increase the size of each of the two MCFRS recruit classes from 30 to 55 and provide additional funding to ensure minimum staffing requirements are met with reduced overtime.

Leggett’s budget increases library spending by nearly 10 percent and restores 15 positions. It increases materials acquisitions, expands hours at libraries open on Sundays to five hours, adds two additional Sundays to those branches for a total of 47 Sundays a year, and restores longer hours (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.) at the Rockville, Quince Orchard, Wheaton, Bethesda and Germantown libraries.

For more information, click here to see the news release, the “Budget in Brief (pdf)” and/or the full budget. County Budget Director Jennifer Hughes will brief the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board on the recommended FY 2013 budget at their meeting Monday in Bethesda. That meeting starts at 7pm at the BCC Regional Services Center located at 4805 Edgemoor Lane.