The Montgomery County Council at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, will receive an update from the County’s Executive Branch on the delayed Silver Spring Transit Center. This will be the first status report on the transit center since November. The Council has requested updates on how problems identified with the center will be remediated.
The Council’s regular weekly session will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Third Floor Hearing Room of the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. The Council’s morning and afternoon sessions, and a 7 p.m. public hearing that will be the first of five held this week on the Fiscal Year 2015 operating budget, 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 at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/council/ondemand/index.html . The Council meeting will be rebroadcast on Friday, April 11, at 9 p.m. and will be available before that time on demand.
As of last week, the County’s Department of General Services reported that discussions are still underway that would impact the scope and schedule of the Silver Spring Transit Center. Charles Scott of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), which is expected to operate the center after it is completed, is among those expected to attend the briefing.
During the morning session, Council Administrator Steve Farber will provide an overview of the FY15 budget recommended by County Executive Isiah Leggett.
The overview notes that the Executive's recommended overall FY15 tax supported operating budget (including debt service) is $4.34 billion, up $141.1 million (3.4 percent) from the Council-approved FY14 budget. The total recommended budget (including grants and enterprise funds) is $4.97 billion, up $159.6 million (3.3 percent) from the FY14 approved budget.
The overview further notes that FY15 recommended budget resembles the FY13-14 approved budgets in several ways.
“Those budgets, after three grueling years shaped by the Great Recession, made limited restorations to County services that had suffered deep reductions in FY 10-12,” the overview states. “This budget continues on this path, with emphasis on education, public safety, libraries, and youth and senior programs. Like the FY 13-14 budgets, this budget has two bellwethers that were not possible in FY 10-12: nearly full funding of the requests of the three outside tax supported agencies (Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery College, and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission) and year two of agreements with the three County employee unions (UFCW Local 1994/MCGEO, FOP Lodge 35, and IAFF Local 1664) calling for base pay increases with major outyear effects.”
The complete overview can be found at:
At approximately 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Council will hold a worksession on initiatives and efforts in the County to increase positive youth attachment to school and community to prevent juvenile crime and detention. Expected to attend the discussion are: Board of Education Vice President Patricia O'Neill and Board of Education members Michael Durso and Rebecca Smondrowski; Lori-Christina Webb, executive director of the Office of Teaching, Learning and Programs for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS); Police Chief Thomas Manger; Uma Ahluwahlia, director of the County’s Department of Health and Human Services; and Gabriel Albornoz, director of the County’s Department of Recreation.
Also during the morning session, the Council will receive an Office of Legislative Oversight (OLO) updated report on the performance of Montgomery County Public Schools’ high schools. The report describes changes in the demographics and performance of the school system’s 25 comprehensive high schools.
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