Montgomery Council to be Briefed on County’s Fiscal Situation by Executive
On Tuesday, Feb. 23, Executive Leggett Will Update Council as He Prepares Recommended Budget for March 15 Release
ROCKVILLE, Md., February 22, 2010—The Montgomery County Council on Tuesday, Feb. 23, will receive a briefing from County Executive Isiah Leggett and Chief Administrative Officer Tim Firestine on the County’s fiscal situation. The update will be delivered as the Executive is preparing his recommended Fiscal Year 2011 Operating Budget that will be transmitted to the Council on March 15.
The County’s Office of Management and Budget estimated in November that the County is facing a budget gap of about $608 million for FY11 due to a decline in anticipated revenues. Tuesday’s briefing will update the estimated gap based on recent revenue reports.
The Council’s meeting with the County Executive and key members of the County’s financial staff will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Third Floor Conference Room of the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. The Council’s general session is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Third Floor Hearing Room.
Both meetings will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery (CCM—Cable Channel 6 on Comcast and RCN, Channel 30 on Verizon). The live broadcasts also are available via streaming through the County Web site at www.montgomerycountymd.gov. The broadcasts will be repeated at 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26.
The Council’s morning session also will include an extended worksession on the White Flint Sector Plan that has been discussed for several months by the Council and its committees. The proposed plan would transform the White Flint area around Rockville Pike to a more urban environment whose transportation needs would be strongly supported by public transit modes.
The Council’s afternoon session, starting at 1:30 p.m., will include four public hearings. One hearing will be on Expedited Bill 5-10 that would provided a tax credit for biotechnology companies that relocate to the County. Another public hearing will focus on a $1 million appropriation that will go toward an update of the County’s traffic signal control system.
At 2:30 p.m., the Council is scheduled to take action on proposed Zoning Text Amendment 09-08 that would create Commercial Residential (CR) zones.