In his 2009 "State of the County" speech, delivered from the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett emphasized that, despite the current tough economic times, the County has made tremendous progress – but that more hard choices lay ahead.
“The challenge,” he said “is to weather the current downturn while protecting critical programs in education, public safety, and the most vulnerable among us. We must lay the groundwork now to ensure our County emerges from the downturn poised to move forward.”
Leggett made clear that County government must do more with less – and that he will further reduce County spending to bring it into line with available resources. He said he opposed any increase in property taxes above the County’s Charter limit, saying County taxpayers in this downturn are already “burdened enough.”
Over his first three years in office, Leggett has reduced budget shortfalls of $1.2 billion while maintaining essential services and programs and preserving the County’s coveted triple-A bond rating.
He described his efforts to make housing more affordable, noted significant progress on his Smart Growth Initiative and cited some encouraging signs toward his priority to protect, create, and attract jobs, including Microsoft bringing 500 new jobs to the county, the State's location of their biotechnology and green technology centers in the county and Silver Spring’s new Fillmore Music Hall that will generate an estimated $1.7 million annual net public benefit.
To learn more, you can read or watch the entire State of the County.