Montgomery County Council Press Releases & Statements

County Council President Roger Berliner’s Statement on Executive Isiah Leggett’s Recommended FY13 Operating Budget
  • Release ID: 12-055
  • Release Date: 3/15/2012
  • Contact: Neil Greenberger 240-777-7939 or Delphine Harriston240-777-7931
  • From: Council Office
ROCKVILLE, Md., March 15, 2012—Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner issued the following statement after County Executive Isiah Leggett today submitted his recommended Fiscal Year 2013 operating budget to the Council:

The County Executive has submitted his Fiscal Year 2013 Recommended Operating Budget at a time when Montgomery County is slowly emerging from the deep hole brought about by the Great Recession. As we look ahead to this next fiscal year, our Council must bear in mind the steps we have taken to put ourselves on a sustainable path into the future as we make strategic restorations to County services that have sustained deep, deep cuts.

I commend the County Executive and his staff for submitting a sound budget. It is an excellent framework for the Council as we enter budget deliberations, and reflects our shared commitment to being careful stewards of our County’s resources. We will approach this year’s budget with cautious optimism and prudent judgment as we balance the wide array of County needs before us.

A vital component of that approach, of course, will be the participation of County residents.

The Council’s public hearings on the operating budget are scheduled for April 10-12; residents should call (240) 777-7803 to sign up to speak. Input can be submitted via email at ; via regular mail to: County Council, 100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville MD 20850; or by calling our Council’s budget hotline at 240-777-7802. Information on the budget can be found at and by clicking “budget update.” I very much look forward to the comments and suggestions of our residents as we move through the budget process.

During a recent briefing our Council received on the new economy, we asked, “How can Montgomery County position itself to thrive?” The answer was a reassuring one: in order to stride confidently into tomorrow’s economy, we must ensure that our County has excellent schools, that our neighborhoods are vibrant and safe, and that our residents enjoy a high quality of life. I am confident that as we move ahead with finalizing next year’s budget, these priorities will guide our Council and our work on our residents’ behalf.

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