The Montgomery County Council’s Public Safety Committee at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 4, will begin its review of the Fiscal Year 2014 operating budget request of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service.
The Public Safety Committee, which is chaired by Phil Andrews and includes Councilmembers Roger Berliner and Marc Elrich, will meet in the Seventh Floor Hearing Room of the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. The meeting will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery (CCM—Cable Channel 6 on Comcast and RCN, Channel 30 on Verizon). The broadcast also will be streamed through the County Web site at www.montgomerycountymd.gov
County Executive Isiah Leggett’s recommended FY14 budget includes a 6.6 percent increase over the approved FY13 level for the Fire and Rescue Service. The FY14 budget recommendation includes staffing for the new Travilah Fire Station No. 32 and increased apparatus replacement. The FY14 recommendation includes two full recruit classes projected to have 55 and 53 recruits, respectively. One class will graduate in January 2014 and one will graduate in July 2014.
The recommended budget includes $17.6 million in anticipated reimbursement revenue for the new Emergency Medical Services Transport Reimbursement Program (ambulance fee).
At 1:30 p.m. in the Seventh Floor Hearing Room, the Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee, which is chaired by Nancy Navarro and includes Councilmembers Valerie Ervin and Hans Riemer, will review FY14 budget requests concerning information technology programs of County agencies. The meeting will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery.
Representatives of County Government, Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery College, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission and the Housing Opportunities Commission are expected to attend the worksession.
Among the issues the committee will explore will be how the agencies are addressing the County’s Open Data and OpenMontgomery initiatives to increase the amount of significant information easily available to the public.
Combined, the agencies are requesting a 13 percent funding increase—including a 5 percent increase in personnel—for FY14.
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