Montgomery County, Maryland Budget Approved
Posted on behalf of Goldberg Finnegan, LLC on May 22, 2009 in Uncategorized
Well, yesterday the Montgomery County Council approved the budget. Impacted by the recession, the County Budget includes steep cuts in programs for young children including teenagers, it eliminated cost of living raises for Montgomery County employees, and it eliminated programs that helped the elderly. The County Council rejected County Executive Ike Leggett's recommendation that they impose an ambulance fee to make up for budget shortfalls. I think the ambulance fee is a really bad idea because it will cause those suffering from accidents and emergency medical conditions to decide not to call 911 because they do not want to incur the silly ambulance fee. The ambulance transport fee would have raised about $14 million dollars if passed. The Council restored Montgomery County Bus Service on Ride-On Busses for 18 routes that had previously been closed. To accomplish this, parking prices will be increased in Bethesda, MD from 75 cents per hour to $1.00 per hour, and monthly car parking stickers will increase from $95.00 per month to $120.00 per month. The County Council rejected the police department's labor agreement that would have allowed police officers who live outside of Montgomery County, Maryland to drive their cars and automobiles home each night. If you are involved in a car accident with a Montgomery County Police Officer or County Employee, you need to be sure to put the County on notice properly (and this should be done by an attorney). The total amount of the budget for Montgomery County is $4.4 Billion. The vote in the County Council was 7-1 in favor of the new budget. The Prince George's County, MD Council is still struggling with their budget. They plan to cut county jobs by either 55 or 307 depending on which version of their budget passes. The PG County Budget is $2.6 Billion (less than Montgomery County').