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Comments from the residents of Montgomery County

Monday, October 04, 2010


Mr. Leggett - Thank you for your leadership in recovering funds from insurance companies for emergency services.  It is so critical that Montgomery County align itself with other communities where such practice is commonplace.  The hysteria on the other side of this issue strengthens my resolve to commend you for your leadership and build public support for your position.  Best- Fritz Hirst, 7502 Wyndale Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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POSTED: 9:04:00 AM |

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Thank you for the prompt and detailed response, and for your service during these virtually unprecedented times. I am confident that you will make the right choices and that we will emerge from this economic crisis the stronger.
CATEGORIES: budget
POSTED: 2:38:00 PM |

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Thank you very much for your response to my inquiry about a possible budgetary reduction or elimination of the Silver Spring Purple VANGO bus route.

I and other Silver Spring residents and businesses are very relieved the VANCO bus will be held harmless in the extremely difficult budget cost-saving measures you , your staff and the County Council have had to contemplate. Hopefully, by continuing this valuable transit service, this service will continue to assist the city economy and welfare of its residents.

I want to take this opportunity to share with you how pleased I am about your execution of the role of our County Executive. I believe you and your management team have demonstrated yeoman performance in unusually challenging economic times.

I am also in concurrence in the recent unpopular to some decisions to have to re-examine old pay and benefit compensation arrangement practices for county employees that clearly are not cost-effective in these harsh economic times spreading the burden more equitably, not just on resident taxpayers.

We taxpayers applaud you and the Council for these recent efforts to keep Montgomery County budget within its mark while still maintaining the county's high standards and reputation of quality services to its constituents. Keep up these innovative efforts and finding ways to make Montgomery County one of the most attractive areas to reside in the region and in the country.

I look forward to your able administration and you continuing in office for another term.
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POSTED: 2:37:00 PM |

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


I wanted to forward this email to you that was written by my wife, an extremely dedicated para educator in Montgomery County. I know that we are in very tight financial times in the county but the proposed furloughs are going to be a burden for my family as well as many other families in the county. I hope you will consider other options when it comes time to do this. I can't believe that it will come to this.
CATEGORIES: budget
POSTED: 2:36:00 PM |

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


 I am a high school teacher who came to the career after 15 years of business experience and raising my own family.  I have been teaching for six years because it was time to give back to my community and help others.
 
If you seriously want to continue to attract the “best and the brightest” teachers to MCPS, then you will at the very least have to find some way to pay commensurate salaries, including COLA’s and step increases.
 
Please find other ways to cut costs and trim our budget.  Montgomery County children will be supporting your retirement.  They NEED the best education they can get for all of our sakes.
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POSTED: 2:36:00 PM |

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


I'm writing to add my name to the many Mo Co residents who want to preserve and strengthen our educational assets in this time of economic recession. I know that the demands for tax revenues are many. But, in my opinion, the priority for supporting education should be as high as that for the county police department. The economic and psycho/sociological well-being of our county depends strongly upon both.

Past support has helped to make our educational system, including Montgomery College, among the finest in the nation. Please do everything possible to maintain that support, and increase it if at all possible. It will be a wise investment.

Thank you for your service, particularly in these troubling times.
CATEGORIES: budget
POSTED: 2:35:00 PM |

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


The purpose of this e-mail is to express my utter disappointment in the proposed 5 day furlough and doubled health insurance costs for MCPS employees.

At a time when everyone is struggling financially, even though we continue to work very diligently at our jobs, the last thing we need is another loss of income. We have already been hit with no COLA raise for two years in a row and continuing into the unforeseeable future. As a supporting services staff member, we already have several days during the school year that we are not paid for that teachers are paid for, i.e. Jewish holidays, teacher's conference in October, winter break, spring break and professional day in April. Additional "no pay" days will provide an undue hardship for me personally and I'm sure that many other supporting staff members would agree with me.

It seems clear to me that the message you are trying to send is that our hard work and dedication to our jobs is not valued or appreciated. How disappointing, since I, for one, give my "all" to working with Montgomery County's special needs population.

I strongly urge you to adopt a budget that(1) does not furlough ANY county employees, (2) avoids any additional cuts to MCPS beyond the $137.7 already agreed to, (3) raises the full $101 million proposed increase in the energy tax and (4) phases in the restoration of the reserve fund by going to 5.6% in FY11 and then to 6% in FY12. When voting on proposed budget changes on May 20th, ask yourself if you would appreciate your hard work being rewarded with pay cuts, furloughs and doubled insurance costs. My guess is that you wouldn't like it either.

From a dedicated MCPS employee
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POSTED: 2:35:00 PM |

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Kudos to County Executive Leggett for stepping up to the plate and making difficult decisions during these tough economic times. Now it's time for my oKudos to County Executive Leggett for stepping up to the platepinions:
 
1. Instead of suspending step increases, why not suspend shift differential pay for public safety employees?
 
2. High ranking police personnel should not receive any increase in pay if the rank-and-file officers do not receive a pay increase.
 
3. Furlough ALL police officers, deputy sheriffs and firefighter-rescuers one day during the next fiscal year, including civilian support personnel within those departments.
 
4. Strictly limit tuition assistance for accredited colleges, universities and other government sponsored training.
 
5. I used to work for the Park Police and I'm now a county police officer. I fully support the absorption of the Park Police into the county police. However, it cannot be done simply, nor all-inclusive. The county police have greater minimum hiring standards (such as college education requirements), and additional education, testing, selection and training requirements for promotions (Sergeant and above). In addition, Park Police officers are much less experienced with enforcement, investigations and emergency response to calls compared to the county police (among other things). The most efficient and effective means of absorption is to create a new Park Police Division of the Montgomery County Police, much like the existing Security and Animal Services Divisions. Keep the parks protected while cutting taxpayer costs of supporting the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.
 
CATEGORIES: budget
POSTED: 2:34:00 PM |

Friday, April 23, 2010


I know that you are dealing with a very difficult set of circumstances and probably not making lots of friends these days!  I also know that you probably hear more from the people with complaints, or the ones that want something, than from the rest.
 
So I just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know that I’m sure there are many people that appreciate the job you are doing, and I am one of them.  I think you are doing a great job of trying to deal with the county’s fiscal woes and I am particularly impressed with your efforts to cut costs and spending in some areas where I know it is politically difficult for you to do so.
 
I commend your hard work and balanced approach to dealing with these issues.  Keep up the good work!
CATEGORIES: budget
POSTED: 5:05:00 PM |

Friday, April 16, 2010


My hat is off to you. I agree that hard choices are just that, hard. I know several folks who will be adversely impacted by the shrinking budget. Some are teachers, like my wife, who may not get a pay raise, and my neighbor who may lose his job.
 
If you can, minimize the adverse impact on families that may loose their bread winner's income and you will be successful. I support your efforts to balance the budget in a fair manner. Keep up the hard work! Better times may arrive soon!
 
Thanks for any consideration that can be given to keeping our "extension service" program viable.
 
God Bless!
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POSTED: 2:46:00 PM |

Friday, April 16, 2010


Three cheers for the County Executive!
 
Thank you for your recent, bold budget proposal, and for your preparedness to make hard decisions that if adopted by the Council will finally stop the runaway spending that Montgomery County has witnessed the past several years. It was a situation that, as you thoughtfully argued, is wholly unsustainable. It has created an enormous tax burden that has been building and building far past the pace of inflation, and had seemed would have to be carried on the backs of county residents into perpetuity.
 
The fact that you have gone beyond a zero increase policy to support a budget that actually REDUCES spending by a substantial percentage makes this even a more remarkable and laudable achievement.
 
Many of the decisions were no doubt difficult, and some of your proposals even give me some pause. But your preparedness to make truly bold decisions is most welcome news.
 
Montgomery County residents sent a clear message of frustration and anger about runaway spending and taxes when they voted in late 2008 to greatly limit the Council's ability to exceed property tax caps. It is up to the Council to heed this warning and vote on a budget that does not exceed by one penny the dollar targets you have established.
 
Even so, I am extremely concerned about whether the Council "gets it," so to speak.
 
With best wishes for success in your efforts.
CATEGORIES: budget
POSTED: 2:45:00 PM |

Friday, April 16, 2010


I wanted to pass along my grave concern with the anticipated increase in class size for next school year.  I regularly volunteer in my daughter’s kindergarten class at Beverly Farms Elementary School and although her teacher is outstanding, the current class size (22) and accelerated curriculum are already a challenge to the teacher and children. I must say that we were lucky since we have 4 kindergartens instead of 3 as in previous years, which decreases class size a bit. In my opinion, 22 5/6 year olds, is already not optimal, especially the little ones in kindergarten and first grade.  These children are placed in a situation where they need to be so independent at such a young age with little or no guidance. These little children do not receive the kind of personal attention and support that is necessary to help these children grow into well educated as well as compassionate people.

We are fortunate at Beverly Farms that many parents have stepped in and volunteer regularly in the classroom. Since our reality is one without teacher aids, many teachers depend on parents to assist in the classrooms. We moved to the area from Columbus, Ohio where changes to a school district’s budget is based on the approval of a school levy by voters. Although school levies are controversial, one aspect about school levies that I admire, is that it is the tax payers that really make the difference and really have a say in the future of their schools. I hope our dissatisfaction about the proposed budget has some sort of impact here in Montgomery County.

I urge you to do whatever you can to protect our schools and our children from any further increases in class size.
CATEGORIES: budget
POSTED: 2:45:00 PM |

Friday, April 16, 2010


As a Montgomery County resident, I am writing to tell you I oppose the decision to cut CASA de Maryland's budget.  I especially oppose the cuts to their health services hotline and tenant counseling program. 

I work directly with many of the immigrants served by these programs and I understand the tremendous role CASA plays in their lives.  I ask you to please reconsider these cuts.

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POSTED: 2:43:00 PM |

Friday, April 16, 2010


I am writing this email to request that the Department of Economic Development Extension budget be exempt from further budget cuts in FY2010 and beyond.
 
I accompanied the 4th grade class from Seven Locks Elementary School as a chaperone for the field trip to the Agricultural History Farm Park on October 22, 2009.  This is a positive, well organized hands-on learning experience for students.  I was saddened to learn that because of the budget cuts, this wonderful program may be in jeopardy.  This would be a significant loss to the educational experiences of students throughout this county.  I am forwarding letters (by mail) written by the students who attended this marvelous field trip.  I feel these letters speak for themselves.
 
I am requesting that all or part of the $41,652.00 cut from the Extension budget be restored as part of the FY10 and FY11 operating budgets.  Further, I am asking that you consider reinstating the Office Services Coordinator position as the economy improves.  This position is critical to the functionality of the office.
 
In closing, I respectfully urge you to consider my requests and to support these valuable programs.
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POSTED: 2:42:00 PM |

Friday, April 16, 2010


Dear Mr. Leggett - Although none of us wants to lose our salaries I do feel that by using furloughs you will save a lot of money the amount of time you have recommended makes it meaningful too.

I also applaud you not giving COLA or Step Increases. I wish the Step Increases had happened last year too. As a county employee I commend you having to make these hard choices so staff will perhaps not lose their jobs. I didn't understand why these actions had not been taken earlier given what has happened at the State & the Federal level.

I hope that this along with the cuts to our budgets help with the deficit. I personally do not worry so much about losing a day’s salary but I know for some this will be a hardship. I am hoping that you will give employees the choice as to how we would be willing to lose the funding.

CATEGORIES: budget
POSTED: 2:42:00 PM |

Friday, April 16, 2010


The ambulance fee sounds ok.  If you have insurance, insurance pays; if you do not have insurance, you do not pay.
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POSTED: 2:41:00 PM |

Friday, April 16, 2010


Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! For making some tough but reasonable choices. I 100% support you! My husband is a county worker who will be furloughed 10 days this year. As someone who works in private industry, I am not sure most government and school employees realize their pay rates are usually above the private sector rates and their benefits are out of this world. They are not being picked on or singled out. We are all in this together.

You have a tough job ahead of you regarding the next fiscal budget. Stick to your guns; your budget plan is bold. The county can't keep spending money it doesn't have. I feel for all county employees. However, I can't understand the labor unions demanding all of their automatic raises. Sure it hurts, but it's better to have a job at this time, then nothing. How can they demand $ when some of their fellow employees are losing their jobs or having to take furloughs?

I work for a nonprofit. We have to live within our budget, meaning, there were no raises this year, the organization's employee retirement contribution was cut entirely, and we now pay a % of our health premium. Raises in the last couple of years have also remained at 1%-2% only. No merit, etc. So, I can't say I'm particularly sympathetic to the labor unions demanding raises when they know the state of the county and the nation's finances. Your budget calls for some new taxes which will also cut into my not just flat, but reduced personal budget. But, so long as everyone is sharing in the pain during these difficult times, we can get through them together. Good luck.

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POSTED: 2:40:00 PM |

Friday, April 16, 2010


I am the face of School Health Services. I am the School Health Room Aide who is responsible for 620 little ones, their families, teachers and community. I am the School Health Services Employee who proudly:

  • Holds the child’s hand when he fell and scraped his knee, and puts on new Band-Aids because their parents can’t afford to buy any, and pinches his nose for 30 minutes to stop the bleeding;
  • Hugs the child whose father is sick and the child is scared; and comforts a child who broke their arm or bumped their head;
  • Comforts a child who is vomiting, had an accident in her pants or has a fever and mom or dad can’t get to school for a couple of hours;
  • Holds the diabetic child who is lethargic and has to coax her to drink juice to prevent a diabetic coma;
  • Administers emergency medication to a seizing child to prevent brain damage, or saves a child’s life by giving an EpiPen to a child who was stung by a bee;
  • Talks with a child who comes to the Health Room every day with a stomachache because her parents work 2 or 3 jobs and can not be home to talk with their children;
  • Calls 911 for a child gasping for air, who is in excruciating pain from a fall, who has a life threatening seizure, is bleeding out of control, , who has a high fever and I am always ready to administer live saving CPR at a moment’s notice;
  • Comforts a child who visits every morning to say “hi” because she has to get ready for school by herself and then goes home to an empty house because their parents left earlier to get to work;
  • Makes sure a student gets breakfast because they don’t have food at home;.
  • Does countless other things throughout the day “To contribute to the health and well being of our school’s students, staff and community by providing quality health care in a caring manner through the prevention and treatment of illness and injury.” – my health room’s mission statement.

Lastly, I am the School Health Services Employee who:

  • In the fall, will be going home because my work day is over yet the above visits are still happening in my school and the paperwork is not done;
  • Is not getting the paperwork done because I have more important things to do (see above list);
  • Worked many extra hours this fall off the clock to get ready for the Immunization Clinic during the school day;
  • Gets called away early from lunch almost daily because someone is sick or hurt.
    Was forced this year to use a dysfunctional computer program called Hero which only added doubled the time of documentation by having to record a visit twice instead of once. Who does this benefit? Certainly not the students.
  • Is actively looking for a new full time job because I need to be home for my family and will not stand by and have to work 2-3 jobs to make ends meet.

I am disappointed and hurt that you are unwilling to continue to pay me to do my job and that you feel that I am dispensable to the department.

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POSTED: 2:38:00 PM |

Friday, April 16, 2010


Thank you for your bold statement about our priorities and the real world around us.  I fully support your decision, and believe that much must be done to raise our income, particularly through the Ambulance Fee.
 
I am proud of Montgomery County and all it does for me.  I am not adverse to a modest increase in my tax rate.
 
I fully expect a full slate of squawks.  All ok, expect for my decrease.  Please hold firm.
CATEGORIES: budget
POSTED: 2:37:00 PM |

Friday, April 16, 2010


I firmly agree that we should grant a one time payment to teachers in the higher pay brackets.  Some teachers could leave the system and make way for new, younger and much less expensive teachers.  In some cases 2 or 3 positions could be filled with the departure of 1 long term individual.  It certainly would help in this time of budget troubles.
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POSTED: 2:36:00 PM |

Friday, April 16, 2010


Please take into consideration our great Parks when making budget recommendations.  If our parks suffer, our citizens suffer!  Preserve, maintain and develop our natural resources, do not neglect them.   It only takes a short time for stream to erode, a plant to wither and fragile ecosystems to be destroyed.   Please give full funding to the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission.  This commission was founded to preserve our past, present and future.  Please take the necessary steps to keep Montgomery County's natural resources alive for our future.
 
I urge you to think of our future and not just the current budget issues.  Don't let the temporary financial issue of today impact our natural resources for years to come. 

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POSTED: 2:36:00 PM |

Friday, April 16, 2010


How much more can the real taxpayers, those in the private sector, take? We've taken paycuts, prices are rising, we can't afford property taxes and all of the existing taxes, and you're raising energy taxes. I suspect you'll exempt the "poor."

From our cell phones to our beer, you're taxing, taxing, taxing. And you know Obama's taxes haven't even kicked in.

You don't need to increase taxes. You need to cut. You need to cut more county jobs and county pay. The very last thing you should be doing is raising taxes. My wife and I will probably leave here once my youngest daughter finishes Good Counsel. We don't get anything for our taxes. We haven't used the police department, the fire department, the public schools, etc. You've already driven millionaires from here. Now you're going to drive the middle-class out. 

I hoped you would do the right thing, but when it came to making tough choices, you failed. All you're doing is putting off the inevitable. Taxes are already too high. The cuts haven't been high enough.
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POSTED: 2:36:00 PM |

Friday, April 16, 2010


Thank you for informing all of the County’s staff about the current state of the budget.  Even though it’s not good news, we all need to stay informed.  I would like to offer one piece of feedback regarding the furloughs. 
 
To me, it seems to be fairer to have higher paid, senior level employees shoulder a higher amount of furlough days than less compensated employees.  It is easier for someone making 70k a year to lose a paycheck than someone making 30k.  Senior level employees are also more likely to be the decision makers and have had more direct involvement in the current crisis than those who are entry level.
 
I’m sure that you are getting many, many suggestions about how people can make things better only for themselves.  Please know that I have gone through funding cuts similar to this in the private sector, and using a tier-system that reflects pay grades and levels of responsibility has always faired better than implementing identical cuts across the board.
 
Thank you for your time and consideration of my opinion.
CATEGORIES: budget
POSTED: 2:35:00 PM |

Friday, April 16, 2010


I think these budget cuts are necessary and the right thing to do at this time. It’s about time we stop expanding our budget and our taxes to support these many unnecessary programs. I am a county resident and I do not want to see my taxes raised.

Many of the teachers in Montgomery County are the highest paid in the country.  And the Board of Education salaries are ridiculous. During economic hard times you cannot expect to get a pay raise and employees are lucky to have a job at all. Being furloughed a few days is certainly a better option than losing your job altogether. Although layoffs may be needed. Many other county services such as those for illegal immigrants should probably be considered for elimination as well.  Our county has continued to grow at an alarming rate each year. This is why we now face such a situation. Not everyone living in M.C. has a high salary that they can afford this high county tax rate.  I heard it is the highest or one of the highest in the country. Many counties have no additional taxes to residents at all.
 
I support your actions during this a tough economic time.
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POSTED: 2:34:00 PM |

Friday, April 16, 2010


I am writing to voice my support for retaining all Montgomery County Soil Conservation District positions that help horse farmers protect water quality.  Please don't eliminate their jobs.  
CATEGORIES: budget
POSTED: 2:33:00 PM |

Friday, April 16, 2010


I read in today’s Washington Post that thought is being given to closing the Olney Skate Park for budget reasons. This is just plain STUPID! If you want to save money, instead of closing it—OPEN IT.  There is no cost to having the park open since it is built of concrete.  The only cost of running it is the cost having staff present to collect money from day users and assure helmet usage.  Other skate parks, such as Rockville’s and all of California’s that I have visited, get by without having any supervision.  It is an open gate policy with a sign that urges helmet wearing, but boldly states that anyone using the facility does so at his own risk.  There is no staff and therefore no expense in running it.

It strikes me that the income from the park does not exceed the cost of the staff—so do away with the staff.  The park can have longer hours and more usage at much less cost.  If I am wrong and the park collects more revenues than it costs to employ the staff, then closing it is even more stupid.
CATEGORIES: budget
POSTED: 2:33:00 PM |

Friday, April 16, 2010


I live in Montgomery County and board my horse there. Unless you are a multimillionaire you can't just keep land from being developed and destroying all the woodlands. You have to "Tear down paradise and put up a Parking Lot". England won't allow new buildings, condos, and houses. They just say "NO". They save the countryside and the next generation along takes a "room" someplace. They live in the cities, use mass transit, and the country side stays open. Why can't we do that?  If you keep making life easy, give poor people money and food stamps, they have babies. Babies grow up and do the same thing. Just say No. It's the right thing to do. Thank you.
CATEGORIES: budget
POSTED: 2:13:00 PM |

Friday, April 16, 2010


I am extremely concerned about the upcoming job cuts that you are proposing in the transportation department.  These folks provide necessary services to the people of the county.  Many of them provide services behind the scenes and some come in daily contact with our citizens.  Why is it that almost every time the county runs low on money, they say let’s get rid of county employees – most of them aren’t needed anyway.  Have you stopped to consider that these are ordinary people who have mortgages, bills and must support their families. 

How can you possibly consider these job cuts and then turn around and offer millions in handouts to Live Nation and Costco.  It isn’t fair to give them handouts and cut the jobs of those in transportation.  Our son drives one of the two tow trucks for the county and has been providing excellent service to both the citizens and county police.  I ask that you please reconsider cutting these jobs.  How about cutting some of the perks that the higher officials get?  How about no pay raises for those at the top?  What are we going to get for our tax dollars when you keep cutting services but taxes of one sort or another get raised?  It’s time to think of those at the low end of the pay scale – if it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t be here today.

CATEGORIES: budget
POSTED: 2:12:00 PM |

Friday, April 16, 2010


The Montgomery County Extension Service (MCES) is one of the program gems supporting the strong quality of life currently available to Montgomery County residents.  MCES doesn’t get lots of publicity, but delivers tremendous programming for the bucks that are budgeted to it.  Thousands of youth gain life skills, citizenship skills and leadership skills through the MCES 4-H programs.  Programs in gardening and other horticulture areas, food and nutrition, consumer buying and family finance, land conservation and agriculture (on both a large and a small scale); provide support to thousands more county residents. The payback in volunteer hours alone, for the dollars invested in staff, should make MCES worth being fully funded.

The MCES budget was already sliced to bare bones.  Further cuts may well take it to such low staffing levels that the MCES program in Montgomery County could fail to survive.  Yes, funding in this economy is difficult, BUT if programs like MCES disappear, recreating them when the economy is stronger may be impossible.
 
Find a way this year to better fund the MCES program.  Its benefit to county residents clearly makes it cost effective to keep it fully funded.  Please keep MCES viable, it is one of the program gems that helps make this county strong.
CATEGORIES: budget
POSTED: 2:11:00 PM |

Friday, April 16, 2010


Please do not impose a tax on ambulance and other EMS services.  The notion that the insurance companies will pay for this is nonsense.  The consumer pays for this.
 
To save money please rescind the right for every council member to have a certain amount of money to spend as they please
 
Look at the school budget this is bloated bureaucracy.
 
I have not received a raise in over eight years no time to give the "civil servants" any raise… They get a very generous pension which I do not get.
CATEGORIES: budget
POSTED: 2:11:00 PM |

Friday, April 16, 2010


The effects of the current budget deficits on county and state government has significantly diminished the services and support that the citizens have come to enjoy and to use without a stake as to how, we as taxpayers can contribute. All budgets require compromise and sacrifice and our current situation calls for creative, but less invasive solutions.
 
After much consideration and personal experience, I suggest that the state and/or county governments require drivers to take a written test once a year to insure that drivers are current and versed with motor vehicle law and responsibility. If the government charges a five dollar fee for a written test each year mandated to not be increased, drivers would be required to stay abreast of driving laws and regulations. There are several areas of malfeasance that need to be reinforced to any driver who has the privilege of being a licensed driver. Cell phone usage in the state while driving should require guidelines and access penalties when violated. Driving without headlights when it’s raining or foggy needs to be enforced. Most drivers do not know that it’s the law and some just do not care. Lane changes require a signal for courtesy as well as safety. Crosswalks usage is not clearly defined or understood by the general public. Given the opportunity the list could include at least twenty-five regulations that are routinely violated. If the state tested drivers every year then ignorance of the law would not be a defense.
 
I can provide data to show what the additional revenue could do for the budget. More importantly the amount of accidents and deaths would diminish by making drivers responsible for a clear knowledge of what law enforcement can cite as an infarction. A one dollar fee for pedestrian rules and responsibility testing would not be out of the question as well.
CATEGORIES: budget
POSTED: 2:11:00 PM |

Friday, April 16, 2010


It was nice to see you address me as a fellow County employee. I would recommend that you help instill this simple, yet powerful notion, throughout management. As it stands, there is that bright dividing line between management and labor. It is a silly and often destructive line as evidenced by our mutual destructive petty personal behaviors aimed at each other.

Regarding your budget recommendations, they appear fine with me. I do not find the suggestions to be so onerous. It is the price I must pay for shortsighted and yet strangely, overly confident budget experts. Alas, we will not learn from this mistake when "real" revenues come flowing through again.

I would like to recommend that more contracts be looked at for cancellation. I have worked with many contracts that seem to do nothing more than provide "employment" opportunities for private citizens.

As I monitored these same contracts, I can without hesitation, say that they were/are not needed other than to aggrandize the ego of some manager by putting forth a "good facade" of services offered. When one analyzes the benefits related to the costs, it would make one stop and say what the....? I am sure that many of the manger's recommendations for cuts were based on this internal belief system. Recall the almost one million dollars spent on a contracted program that no could say provided one documented benefit.

As I stated, your managers (and Council members) will not look at cuts to programs that make them look and/or feel good. And thus, the County will spend its money needlessly in the effort to make oneself feel worthy. It is a powerful incentive that few can overcome.

I hope that the tone of this is email is taken as an attempt at providing honest feedback for you. It behooves my boss, the County, to hear from the "lower" ranks as we tend not to be driven by constructing pretty facades.
CATEGORIES: budget
POSTED: 2:09:00 PM |

Friday, April 16, 2010


Has anyone taken a look at ambulance billing? I don't have any hard numbers to give you, but I can't begin to imagine how many emergency medical service calls there are in a 24 hour period countywide. I work at a station that runs about 20 EMS calls a day, on average, and that's just one station (and we aren't even the busiest station in Montgomery County).

I understand that hard decisions have been made, however I'm just a FireFighter III (Career), and live 1 1/2 hrs away from a job that I love dearly, and enjoy. I'm starting to get a little scared. I don't chose to live that far away but it’s something that I have to do. I can’t afford to live in the county that I serve. Most of my brothers and sisters are the same way and I know of one that lives in New Jersey.

It seems to me that the county is in a position that it could use any help that it can get. Something like Ambulance Billing is sitting right in our laps and we aren't taking advantage it.

I'm just at a lost of words. Once again I'm just a FFIII and I don't expect this email to go anywhere expect over to the Trash icon and forgotten about. I just want to feel that in a couple of months, when my future wife and I are out searching for second and third jobs, that I tried everything to keep our heads above water. Thanks for you time, who ever reads this, and just do me a favor, hold on to this email, in your inbox, for a day or two, before sending it to the trash.
CATEGORIES: budget
POSTED: 2:06:00 PM |

Friday, April 16, 2010


I understand everyone is looking at the budget and making some serious cuts. What I don’t understand is why the unions are able to bully the council into creating double book-keeping (salaries on set of books and a second for retirement). I’ve seen them fill your meetings and laugh at you. Don’t they have important work to do?

Second, I heard a story on NPR recently about a man who said that the housing program along with free health care, has keep his kids in school and cutting this program would be devastating.  He’s been in the housing program for 5 years! That is welfare, not a helping hand. I think you’ve got some additional room to cut. When you guys argue about who is responsible for shoveling Baltimore Road near Rockville, H.S., a clear role for government to provide for the public safety, I think some confusion on the role of government.  I believe in providing a helping hand, but there needs to be an end to some of the assistance county taxpayers provide.
CATEGORIES: budget
POSTED: 2:06:00 PM |

Friday, April 16, 2010


I support the choices you have made for the new budget. Cut spending. Do not raise taxes.

We elected you to have a wise head, and to use your persuasive powers that to convince people that if their budgets are cut, it doesn't mean that the sky is going to fall. The standard of living in MoCo is very high.  Subsistence for a family of 4 is defined as $70,000.

My salary at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda was approximately $65,000 between 1999 and 2005 (no COLA).   I am a divorced mother of 3, so I don't quite fit the criteria since I receive some child support, but you see my point.

Please continue to shrink the size of government before it eats us all alive.  This has to happen at every level of government.
CATEGORIES: budget
POSTED: 2:05:00 PM |

Friday, April 16, 2010


I just read your budget proposal and I want to say THREE CHEERS TO YOU.  I hope the Council puts a rubber stamp on it and does not cave to special interest groups/unions.  I know you did not like doing what you did, but you did what needed to be done.
CATEGORIES: budget
POSTED: 2:04:00 PM |

Friday, April 16, 2010


Dear Mr. Leggett -

Although none of us wants to lose our salaries I do feel that by using furloughs you will save a lot of money. The amount of time you have recommended makes it meaningful too.

I also applaud you not giving COLA or step increases. I wish the step increases had happened last year too. As a county employee I commend you having to make these hard choices so staff will perhaps not lose their jobs. I didn't understand why these actions had not been taken earlier given what has happened at the State & the Federal level.

I hope that this, along with the cuts to our budgets, help with the deficit. I personally do not worry so much about losing a day’s salary but I know for some this will be a hardship. I am hoping that you will give employees the choice as to how we would be willing to lose the funding.

CATEGORIES: budget
POSTED: 2:04:00 PM |

Friday, April 16, 2010


Instead of cutting instructional staff at schools, cut some of the high salaried positions at central office and put people back into the classroom. That would make more sense than compromising the actual education of our students.
CATEGORIES: budget
POSTED: 2:03:00 PM |

Friday, April 16, 2010


I read the Washington Post article on Montgomery County Budget cuts and I agree what we are doing is unsustainable. I also believe that as I have written before, this is no time to take on extensive capital budget projects regardless of the lowering of construction costs. The costs will come down some more, and we should be cutting 10% not 3.8%...
CATEGORIES: budget
POSTED: 2:03:00 PM |

Friday, April 16, 2010


I am a registered Democrat in Montgomery County and was reading about your budget proposal vis-a-vis the unions in our county.
 
I have to say that I back your initiative.
 
With so many people out of work and our finances the way they are, I do not think it is unreasonable to ask the unions to make sacrifices for the county.
 
Please continue your efforts on behalf of the citizens who elected you.

CATEGORIES: budget
POSTED: 2:02:00 PM |

Friday, April 16, 2010


I cannot express my disappointment and frustration with the recommendation of HHS and the County Executive to reduce the hours of School Health Room Aides, from 7 hours to 6 hours a day. I have been a SHRA, for the past 21 years, I am also a member of the SHS LMRC  and a MCGEO union steward. For the first time, I really feel like we are just a “cost item” and not valued employee. Our commitment to the students and families of Montgomery County is unprecedented and this high level of service can only be accomplished by continuing the 7-hour SHRA positions. The concern from fellow employees over the loss of hours has been devastating..

Some of the main reasons the SHRA fought so hard 3 years ago to become 7 hour employees was to try to prevent “working off the clock” to finish our normal duties. HHS was the focus of many complaints of working off the clock to complete expected duties. Many SHRA’s were unable to complete their required paperwork in the 6-hour time frame due to constant interruption. (We are like a walk in clinic with no schedule)  Completing daily tasks was and is especially hard in middle school and high school, which have a longer school day than elementary and larger student populations.  Adding to our workload has been the increased special education population and medically fragile students that are being mainstreamed into regular schools. These students require more attention and specialty care.

Our situation is unique. We didn’t have the luxury of telling parents, MCPS staff and students that the health room would open at a set time. The minute we set our foot in the door of the school we are on call, with on numerous occasion students and parents waiting for us upon arrival.

We had no “prep” time to set up and open our health room every morning ready to see students. What other county job do the employees enter the worksite with a group of customers already waiting for them inside? This was also a problem at the end of our workday, as we were leaving before the school day had ended. MCPS staff was often unable to assist us, as the beginning and end of the school day is often the busiest for them also. Reports were not getting completed, documentation was falling behind, and duties were being rushed or not finished.

In the last few years our jobs have become increasingly more difficult, complex and time consuming. Our duties and responsibility have been expanded. This year and last have been extremely difficult and demanding for us. I find it unbelievable in light of the H1N1 scare and paranoia surrounding it. The SHRA’s are still being asked to reduce our hours and do more for less. Employee moral is at the lowest point I have ever seen in 21 years. We do not feel appreciated or valued. 

I know that I am going on and on, and that you know this all of this already. But we are passionate about our jobs and can’t continue the high level of service our students and their families deserve and expect with less than what we have now. 

CATEGORIES: budget
POSTED: 2:00:00 PM |

Friday, April 16, 2010


I am writing to you today because of the very disturbing direction that the county budget is going and especially the impact of budget cuts on the Agricultural Extension service.

As a new farmer struggling to get our small family farm of the ground, I cannot tell you how having the extension office has been absolutely critical.  From the moment we started contemplating how to best realize the vision of the county as expressed in the Ashton Master Plan, and the conservation easement we have on our property to preserve the rural nature of the county, the folks at the extension office have been extremely helpful in designing a soil conservation plan, a marketing and business development, and especially all the details that can the difference in making an operation a success.

We are still struggling to generate some revenues and this year we are even considering how we could generate some jobs.   In the midst of all this,  not having the level of support from the extension office because of budget cuts and especially the under funding of the extension office in a county that prides itself as maintaining its heritage is simply going to turn farmers like me to really consider looking elsewhere. 

I strongly suggest that you and the rest of the council revisit the proposed cuts and at a minimum ensure that no further cuts will be brought going forward.  Your attention to this matter is key.

The budget for the Extension Office has been cut so much that it has difficulty meeting the needs of the people of Montgomery County. We should be able to fund as great a percentage of their budget as other counties in the State. Their contribution to so many activities that enhance the education of children and adults in 4-H, Close Encounters with Agriculture, Financial Assistance projects that help people understand their choices in Drug Programs as well as gardening, nutrition and environment, The budget has been cut in 1989, 1992, 2003,2010 and this year additional cut is devastating. We need to be able to replace the position of Office Services Coordinator as it allows the few people that are left to be able to reach and assist more people. Please consider replacing the money that was cut in the additional cut and make it possible to continue the service this country has benefited from for so many years.

CATEGORIES: budget
POSTED: 1:58:00 PM |

Friday, April 16, 2010


Job positions that are abolished need to be re-authorized when the budget improves. Positions that are are "mothballed" can be restaffed immediately. This will make it easier for the County to resume services as funds become available.

I would specifically highlight this need for library branch staff because an unstaffed information desk seriously hampers patrons' effective use of the library resources.

CATEGORIES: budget
POSTED: 1:54:00 PM |

Friday, April 09, 2010


Great work on the budget. Keep cutting the waste in years to come, and please keep our taxes from rising.
CATEGORIES: comments , budget
POSTED: 2:05:00 PM |

Friday, April 09, 2010


I am the President and Chief Operating Officer of a company which developed and manages seven residential communities and 1,278,500 square feet of office/retail properties in Montgomery County. Approximately 9,800 people make their homes in our 3,429 residential units while the tenants of our office/retail properties employ some 8,500 workers. In addition, we ourselves employ over 425 individuals, many of whom are also residents of the County. We are firmly invested in Montgomery County.

The multifamily buildings we manage include utilities in their monthly base rent Therefore increases in utility costs, such as the one currently being considered, are passed through to residents by means of increased rental rates. It is ultimately the rental residents who pay for the increases and we believe that they place an unfair burden on them. While homeowners are also subject to the increased energy tax, there is still a large disparity in the tax rate being charged, and homeowners have the benefit of tax deductions that rental residents do not. I find it ironic that the County has been so concerned about the availability of affordable rental housing, and yet, is imposing this energy tax disproportionately on apartment renters as opposed to homeowners, who in general, are better able to afford it.

As you are aware, there is stiff competition in this region for commercial office. research and retail tenants and Montgomery County has made ~ a public priority to present itself as THE place for Corporations to establish themselves, especially to those related to defense contracting, technology and research which historically require large blocks of space The increase in energy tax would seem to be counter productive to this endeavor, especially when neighboring jurisdictions such as Prince George’s County are managing to avoid them. The
County property tax increases over the last several years have already triggered significant increases in lease rates, and have severely impacted the marketability of available space within the County. Increasing another operating expense such as the energy tax will merely exacerbate the situation making it even more difficult to bring in new or expanding tenants.

While we recognize the need to close the budget deficit we do not believe this increase to be a viable answer. Revenue should be generated in a fair and equitable manner, with all residents contributing to the stability, welfare, and the quality of life in the County. There must be alternative solutions. which are more fair and reasonable, to address Montgomery County's revenue requirements than by imposing unreasonable and disproportionate financial burdens on the owners, apartment renters and tenants of commercial properly, asking them to shoulder the responsibility for the County's budget through the imposition of energy and other tax increases.
CATEGORIES: comments , budget
POSTED: 2:04:00 PM |

Friday, April 09, 2010


I understand that there will be a 70% reduction in funding for Community Vision. I am urging you not to cut their budget so severely that they will have to cut programs that provide job counseling and vocational training for homeless people. It was reported in the Gazette that they have a high success rate, one half of the 130 adults found jobs. Why would you cut a program that helps people to support themselves? I understand that there is a severe budget crisis; however, employing people helps to save the taxpayer’s money.

I urge you to reconsider the decision to cut this successful program so severely. I don’t think that this program should bear a greater burden of the cuts I am sure that there are other programs that do not have such a high success rate that could be cut.
CATEGORIES: comments
POSTED: 2:03:00 PM |

Friday, April 09, 2010


I oppose the cuts to the school health aides’ hours.

I know there is a budget crisis but this cut is not they way the county should look first.

My son is a 6th grade, diabetic student in Montgomery county schools.

He is newly diagnosed and often has trouble differentiating between life-threatening low blood sugar symptoms and just ordinary fatigue or illness.

Low blood sugar can be extremely fast acting and dangerous. Not having staff on duty the whole school day every day, could delay the treatment my son gets and also jeopardize his health and safety. Secretaries are not medically trained to recognize these life threatening symptoms

It is not a risk the school system, the county or you as elected officials should be taking.

Please reconsider these cuts, keep the School Health Room Aides at the current hours, and leave the medicine and medical tasks to those who job it is to do it, not office staff.

Thank you please consider the safety of these fragile children.
CATEGORIES: comments , budget
POSTED: 2:03:00 PM |

Friday, April 09, 2010


I am writing to you because I am a person who cares about the community in which I live. I have demonstrated my concern by volunteering actively in my community for 28 of the 35 years that I have lived in Montgomery County.

I recognize that elected officials have a much harder job when money is tight, and it is very tight now. Your decisions are very significant to the future of our community. It concerns me greatly that your decisions regarding our libraries have become short-sighted.

I am concerned that the cutbacks to the library system are so severe that we should rename the buildings "study halls" instead of libraries. Simply having the buildings open does not suffice. The collection of materials there (books, magazines, databases, etc.) must remain vital and current and be updated without gaps. There must be professional staff members available to guide patrons to use the collection effectively. And of course, there must be a manager in each building to organize it all.

The libraries have been cut deeper than any other county department recently, and were cut last year, and the year before that. Somehow, the libraries have continued to function despite reductions. (Maybe due to good management?) However, the current and proposed reductions just simply go too far: they will make our libraries dysfunctional. Without trained staff and without current materials, what is left? Just some buildings housing old books.

Please, be sure that there is adequate money specifically allocated for library staff (including branch managers!) and for acquisition of library materials so that our libraries do not become walls around materials which have little purpose.
CATEGORIES: comments , budget
POSTED: 2:02:00 PM |

Friday, April 09, 2010


In response to your proposal for increasing taxes on Fuel and on Cell phones I have to say please don't do it. We are taxed enough as is and now you are again going for our pockets. I urge you to take a close look at your county residents and think about what you are proposing. Affluent people have already decided to leave the county where taxes are being forced on people. Your proposal will force middle class to re think about staying in the county. Make the tough decisions on cutting the budget by reducing spending. No Tax Increase…..
CATEGORIES: comments
POSTED: 2:02:00 PM |

Friday, April 09, 2010


I have been a member of the Quince Orchard Library Advisory Committee since 1996 and help found the Friends of the Library, Quince Orchard Chapter in 1999. I am still heavily involved in both organizations and attend Library Board meetings and volunteer in support of the Montgomery County Library system however I can.

I understand the pressures you face to provide services to Montgomery County residents under a balanced budget. You are faced with unbelievable deficits with more bad news during the next couple of years. But I think targeting the minuscule budget of the Dept. of Libraries is a huge mistake. I am very distressed at the direction your actions seem to be going.

But first I want to say that running a branch library is not like running a commercial fast food franchise. A public library is not formulaic storefront where the menu is the same at 100 locations, you do some advertising, and wait for the customers to come in. While they all have common attributes, each Montgomery County library serves a unique portion of the population with diverse interests and needs. One library has a high senior citizen patronage while another is heavily visited by small business owners. One serves a large Russian and Ukranian population, another caters to Salvadoran immigrants, a third to Chinese or Korean Americans, a fourth to the Indian-American population. Yet another is very popular with high school students. Another provides critical Internet services to those looking for work or investment opportunities. One provides arts and music opportunities for children that might otherwise join a street gang. A couple serve very rural communities with interests and needs hugely different than the big downtown branches. Part of the library branch manager’s responsibilities beyond providing the standard services is to reach out to the local community and determine how to best meet the needs of that citizenry.

Pairing managers with two libraries to run is insane. How can they possibly maintain quality services trying to balance the needs of what might be two distinct constituencies? Never mind the fact that the library managers deal with staffing issues, plan programming and outreach, manage building facilities, interact with local groups, liaison with the local schools, and fill in at the information or circulation desks when staffing is short. Managing one library is a very difficult job requiring patience, strong organizational and interpersonal skills, understanding the local community, and managing the operations based on government and user requirements. Throw in additional staff cuts and less support from central administration and the local agency manager is faced with double the work load. And yet you expect quality service? You must be kidding! You run the risk of burning out your senior staff, promoting poor morale among the local staff, and introducing poor customer service, thus alienating the very clientele the libraries were meant to serve.

Second, and others have said this already, the Montgomery County Dept. of Libraries has suffered enough. The system took deep and unproportional cuts in 2008, 2009, and twice in 2010. Keep going like that and you run the risk of trashing a first-class operation, slamming the doors on unemployed and underemployed patrons who need the resources to make a living and pay county taxes, denying opportunity for immigrants struggling to learn the English language and American culture, providing a safe haven for children after school hours, and turning our system into a forlorn shell. It’s bad enough that the grass doesn’t get cut. By cutting additional resources, you run the risk of destroying the community trust, patronage, and heavy usage these community resources now enjoy. Our citizens, myself included, need the quality services that our Montgomery County libraries offer today.
CATEGORIES: comments , budget
POSTED: 2:01:00 PM |

Friday, April 09, 2010


I have a suggestion in cutting the budget that could be an alternative to cutting the SHRA's back to 6 hours next year in order to meet the budget shortfall.

I suggest that each person that works for the county, in every capacity, that would be from the Administration on down to the lowest job position, be cut (one) work hour per week over the course of the next year or until the budget can handle the reinstatement of that hour. Therefore, every fulltimer in every position and pay bracket in the county and every part timer in every position and every pay bracket in the county give up one hour of pay to the cause of the budget. To say it another way, every full time employee of the county will be paid for a 39 hour week and every part timer for the county will be paid one hour less than their regularly scheduled hours for the week.

This method seems truly equitable and will at least meet the same reduction in spending that reducing the SHRA hours from 7 to 6 hours per day will achieve, and probably exceed it. No one would be hugely effected financially by this reduction, yet everyone will be contributing in the same way. No one group suffers.

This idea deserves consideration as an option.
CATEGORIES: comments , budget
POSTED: 2:00:00 PM |

Friday, April 09, 2010


Earlier this month, I sent a message requesting that reduction in funding for the Park Police would “…result in increased crime, risk, and possibly death to persons entering our parks.”
 
It has been reported there is proposal to eliminate The Park Police. The Park Police are an essential part of good governance, Montgomery County.
 
Please see to it that priority is placed on the reduction of, and elimination of, wasteful resources.
CATEGORIES: comments , budget
POSTED: 1:59:00 PM |

Monday, August 25, 2008


Dear Mr. Leggett:

I'm the mother of Dov Klugerrnan, the 14-year-old pedestrian who was killed by a speeding SUV in May 2006. As you may recall, I was in touch with you some time ago about safety concerns on Arcola Avenue, where we live and where our son was fatally wounded.

Today, I'm writing to thank you for the outstanding work that has been completed on Arcola Avenue. The road work has improved pedestrian safety considerably and compelled motorists to obey the speed limit while allowing traffic to flow easily. Just last week, I crossed the street halfway while pushing my toddler in a stroller, waited on the pedestrian island, and incredibly, traffic stopped to allow us to complete crossing. I have lived on Arcola Avenue for nine years, and I have never in all that time crossed my street as easily and safely as I am able to now.

Any major changes undoubtedly trigger complaints, and I am certain that you and your staff have received a good amount of negative feedback from motorists who were angered at being slowed down. But please know that I not only speak for myself and my family, but also many, many residents of our community when I say thank you for having the courage and resolve to implement these lifesaving measures.

We are grateful to you for making pedestrian safety a priority in Montgomery County. Unfortunately, it will not bring our son back, but it's heartening to know that this important step will undoubtedly save the lives of others.

- Yaffa Klugerman, Silver Spring

CATEGORIES: transportation , comments
POSTED: 10:21:00 AM |

Monday, August 25, 2008


Thank you very much for addressing the speed bump concerns raised in my letter. In addition it was a pleasure to discuss traffic issues with Mr. Tracy Wroe to whom you referred me.

Thank you again for being an action Executive who gets things done.

- Joseph, Bethesda

CATEGORIES: transportation
POSTED: 10:19:00 AM |

Monday, August 25, 2008


I am a long-time county resident.

I am thrilled (yes, I'm yelling) to see expansion of the plastic recycling program. County money well-spent!. I love the free reusable paint also, plus shoe (textile) recycling. This is what makes me love County services.

Now for recycling bins in downtown Silver Spring, as I had written to you, Mr. Leggett, sometime back. I hope the budget cuts won't cut into this effort.

- Tanya, Takoma Park

CATEGORIES: recycle
POSTED: 10:14:00 AM |

Tuesday, August 05, 2008


Mr. Leggett


I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the changes you have made to Arcola Ave in Montgomery County - adding pedestrian crossings, road islands...  I look forward to when the lines will be painted so people will have the chance to understand the new traffic patterns.

As someone who frequently crosses Arcola on foot, I think what you have done is super work and I commend your efforts. The weaving design is actually helpful, since it will ensure drivers pay attention to the road and do not operate their cars on auto-pilot while talking on their phone or hitting the keys on their PDAs.

The bottom line is that Arcola is a feeder to a small bedroom residential community and is / should not be a cut through to commercial traffic. You might even consider putting a dead-end in the middle of it so that residents from one direction have to exit Eastwards and the other end Westwards and completely eliminate the cut-through traffic for good (of course we need to address emergency vehicle access, but I will leave that to the experts).


Talmudic law teaches, and you may have heard this in the movie "Schindler's List" that, he who saves even 1 person, it is as if he saved the entire universe. These changes will not eliminate all risk, and anyone who does not avail themselves of the new crossing points are certainly wrong. However, in general, it will be to your merit, that you will have saved someone's life.

- Joel, Silver Spring 

CATEGORIES: community , transportation
POSTED: 8:03:00 AM |

Wednesday, July 30, 2008


Hello Mr. Leggett, 

A great big "Thank You" for all your work to get the montgomery county commission on veterans affairs presented & then passed.

This will be a first step in helping our new young vets deal with problems encountered upon their return home. it will also be a help to us older vets.

The celebration for the a.d.a. anniversary had a good turnout. keep up the good work in "the land of we're already doing that!"

Welcome home!

best regards.

- Bill, Silver Spring

CATEGORIES: comments , community
POSTED: 11:35:00 AM |

Friday, April 18, 2008


I am a resident of Montgomery County and a county employee. I recently saw the press campaign regarding the E85/Propane Fuel Site on Crabbs Branch Way. I knew of it because I fuel there and use E85 in my county vehicle. I was glad to see this advertised as very few residents know about it.

While this was a positive step, I do have a concern about the E85. The price the county charges does not make it economically feasible for me to use the E85 in my private vehicle. The E85 fuel produces approximately 20% less mileage per gallon than regular gas. To make it worthwhile to use, most E85 prices around the country are 20 to 30% less than gas. The price at Crabbs Branch is currently $3.19 a gallon, only a 6% difference. While I would like to reduce my personal vehicles emissions by the 39-46% that E85 does, my wife and I can not justify the added cost.

I am happy to see that Montgomery County has invested in such a valuable and eco-friendly resource. I hope there is something that can be done to make it an economically viable option for residents. I thank you for your service to Montgomery County.

- Darren

CATEGORIES: transportation
POSTED: 9:14:00 AM |

Thursday, March 13, 2008


Thank you so much for your responsiveness to my letter concerning the proposed changes to North Four Corners Park and thank you even more for your actions already taken regarding this issue. Its is very heartening to know that our government is keeping the community in mind by weighting in our views, allowing us to have a say in the future of our neighborhood. I am very impressed with the care that you and many others have given in this matter, and am sharing this with my neighbors. Thank you!

-Ron, Silver Spring

CATEGORIES: community , comments
POSTED: 9:10:00 AM |

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


Thank you very much. I really appreciate your PROMPT response. I've told many people how satisfied I was. I had been away and when I returned home at night, I, myself, unbeknownst to me that there was an enormous new hole at Kenbrook Drive and Healy Street right by my house, drove right into the hole. It was a big hazard and Washington Gas did not even put any orange alert cones around it. Friends told me they had called Washington Gas while I had been away, and told me there was no response, as you reiterate in your email. Another friend got a flat tire from hitting it. So, I took digital pictures, got right on my computer, and fortunately, found Mr. Leggett's email addrsss and sent the info to him. Am I gald! He's done a very impressive job! It is now safe and hazard-free. I am proud of Montgomery County for providing such exemplary service, even when they were not in ay way the cause of the hole in the street!

- Ellyn

CATEGORIES: transportation
POSTED: 10:51:00 AM |

Monday, March 03, 2008


Thank you very much for doing this Luxmanor (working on speeding issues in the neighborhood). You have given back our community to us. I always knew you would come through for us and see that the right thing was done is your reputation, after all.

-Tom, Bethesda

CATEGORIES: transportation
POSTED: 3:59:00 PM |

Saturday, March 01, 2008


Thank you very much for finding a win-win solution to Ride On route 90. While Damascus is "a ways out", we take pride in being a small town that is part of a "bigger community" (Mountgomery County). For those young adults in this area who do rely on the #90 to get to Montgomery College or to work on Saturdays , I say thank you very much.

- Melody, Damascus

CATEGORIES: transportation
POSTED: 8:51:00 AM |

Wednesday, February 27, 2008


I was informed that you decided to revise your Ride-On Proposed 2008 Savings Plan, and you will no longer be canceling Bus Route 37 in Potomac. I want to express my gratitude to you for this decision.

Public transportation is becoming more and more important in our lives, it helps residents to cope with rapidly growing traffic, it allows to get to work and school on time, it takes many cars off the streets and eliminates the need of hard to find parkings, it protects environment and lowers the onsumption of gasoline, it enables the needy and elderly to get around, it opens communities and unites people. Thank you very much again, Mr. Leggett.

Sincerely yours,

- Margaret
Potomac
CATEGORIES: transportation
POSTED: 3:17:00 PM |

Wednesday, February 27, 2008


I appreciate your concern for order, as a Montgomery County employee who is affected by the reorganization plan. I realize that some things must be done, in order to more effectively serve "ALL" I don't know what's ahead, but if you are leading, I am following.

-Wess

CATEGORIES: comments
POSTED: 9:49:00 AM |

Friday, February 01, 2008


I wish to express my thanks to Isiah Leggett and the Montgomery County Council for their efforts related to county cable/video consumer options. I am fortunate in that I am able to retain residence in Maryland while I work in New York. The quality of life here is great. As you can see I work for a major broadcast company, CBS Television.

As a Silver Spring resident, in mid 2007, my cable service quickly deteriorated to little or no video/internet delivery. After three months of patience, cajoling, begging and, I confess, some anger, I finally switched. However, I'm one of the lucky homeowners. Our neighborhood had been wired. I know there are many Maryland neighborhoods that still do not have this option.

I cannot stress enough the importance of the steps you are taking. Some may think these services are "optional". However, in today's wired society, if I didn't have the superior quality of these servcies, I could not live in Maryland. These services allow me to telecommute hundreds of miles from my official office. Without them, I could have needed to move my family to New York taking my "upper income" earnings with me.

Again, my thanks for your efforts.

- J.W.
Silver Spring

CATEGORIES: comments , cable
POSTED: 9:58:00 AM |

Wednesday, January 30, 2008


I just want to thank you for fining Comcast. It's so rare to see a big company held accountable for years and years of abysmal service. Seems like a no-brainer to me for keeping your constituents happy! Keep up the good work.

- David
Takoma Park

CATEGORIES: comments , cable
POSTED: 9:52:00 AM |

Friday, January 25, 2008


Thanks so much for listening and hearing those of us with frequent bus-traveling teens. My kids are so relieved that this important program, Kids Ride Free, will stay in place.

As my kids say, "You Rock!"

- Mairi
Mother of 4 bus-riding teens
Takoma Park

CATEGORIES: comments , transportation
POSTED: 9:55:00 AM |

Friday, January 04, 2008


Ike, I read in the Post today that you are freezing hiring, except for safety concerns.

I am very much in favor of this plan. However, I look at it as forcing each group to truly look at improving efficiencies and to ultimately reduce an ever increasing bureaucracy. If you can force these changes, you will have truly been successful and the taxpayers would be the biggest beneficiaries.

Thanks for your time.

- Conrad

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Friday, December 21, 2007


As a resident of Montgomery County, I think the riding free for seniors and disabled on the metro system is absolutely fantastic!  I volunteer as a Compeer for someone who is disabled.  It blows my mind the things they have to pay for on their limited incomes that those people making 10 times more get reimbursed for….subsidized metro fairs, paid parking, reduced rates on doctor appointments because we have insurance, while the doctors charge those without insurance the full price (often double what we pay).  I admire my friend so much.  She takes responsibility for all these expenses and pays for them by buying second hand clothes and eating meals that are cheap.  I will never complain about what I don’t have again.  And it is so wonderful to be a citizen in a compassionate, caring county that helps those in need, not those in want!

- Joanne

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