Saturday, March 30, 2013

Leggett Announces FY14 Recommended Operating Budget

Leggett Announces FY14 Recommended Operating Budget
On March 15, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett announced his recommended $4.8 billion operating budget for fiscal year (FY) 2014 that begins July 1. The budget strategically restores some of the most critical and important services cut over the past six years as the County faced unprecedented budget challenges. The recommended enhancements balance the backlog of resident needs with the County’s new economic reality.

Leggett’s budget recommendation includes continued and enhanced funding for pedestrian safety. Great progress has been made over the last five years in reducing pedestrian collisions by 45 percent in targeted locations; reducing the number of collisions resulting in severe injuries; and significantly reducing collisions within a quarter-mile of schools under the “Safe Routes to Schools” program. The budget continues funding for pedestrian safety and adds funds for education efforts to target locations and individuals at higher risk of being involved in collisions.

Proposed funding for the Department of Transportation will fully implement the first phase of the County’s bikesharing program, providing a vital transportation resource to residents and visitors by making safe bicycle transportation available in some of the County’s most traveled corridors.

View the entire budget proposal online.