Montgomery County Council Scheduled to Take Action on Mid-Year Savings Plan
Also on Tuesday, Feb. 9 (Weather Permitting): Appointment to Planning Board, Action on RideOn Fare Increases
ROCKVILLE, Md., February 8, 2010—The Montgomery County Council on Tuesday, Feb. 9, is scheduled to take action on County Executive Isiah Leggett’s proposed mid-year savings plan that would reduce spending by approximately $70 million in the current Fiscal Year 2010. The Council approved another mid-year savings plan in November.
The Council’s regular meeting is dependent on whether County government will be open on Tuesday. The government was closed today, Feb. 8, because of the winter storm that left 24 to 36 inches of snow around the Washington region.
The Council is scheduled to start its day on Tuesday at 9 a.m. by meeting with District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority in the Sixth Floor Conference Room of the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. The Council’s general session is scheduled to begin at 10:15 a.m. in the Third Floor Hearing Room. At 2 p.m., the afternoon session will include an extended worksession on Zoning Text Amendment 09-08 that would establish commercial residential (CR) zones.
An evening public hearing that would focus on the Fiscal Years 2011-16 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) has been postponed to Thursday evening, Feb. 11.
The Council morning and afternoon sessions will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery (CCM—Cable Channel 6 on Comcast and RCN, Channel 30 on Verizon). The live broadcast also can be viewed via streaming through the County Web site at www.montgomerycountymd.gov. The broadcast will be repeated at 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12. The meeting with the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority will not be televised.
During the morning session, the Council also is scheduled to take action on proposed increases in RideOn bus fares effective March 1. The County Executive has recommended increasing the base fare from $1.25 to $1.35 per trip for fares paid with SmarTrip Cards and from $1.35 to $1.45 for fares paid with cash or tokens. These increases would match the Metrobus fare increase approved by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority on Jan. 28.
The mid-year budget savings plan includes several proposed reductions in RideOn Service. The mid-year savings plan will help the County as it prepares to address the Fiscal Year 2011 Operating Budget that currently has an $608 million gap that must be closed to create a balanced budget.
The Council also is scheduled to name a new member to the Montgomery County Planning Board to fill the term of Jean Cryor, who passed away in office in 2009. The Council interviewed five candidates in January.