Monday, March 31, 2014

Leggett Announces his Recommended FY15 Operating Budget

County Executive Ike Leggett has announced his recommended $4.97 billion operating budget for fiscal year (FY) 2015 that begins July 1, and includes a tax-supported County government budget of $1.478 billion. The budget funds education beyond what is required by the State Maintenance of Effort Level law to meet future needs created by the skyrocketing number of students in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), puts more police on the beat and reduces the County’s property tax rate.

Highlights on transportation improvements in the budget include: 
  • Enhance resources for Call ‘N’ Ride eligibility requirements that are expected to result in more than 400 new participants. 
  • Extend Ride On’s Kids Ride Free program for an extra hour -- from 
  • 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
  • Ensure the County’s road infrastructure remains sound by significantly boosting funding for maintenance. Highway Services would expand planned road resurfacing from 24 lane miles in FY14 to 124 lane miles in FY15. 
  • Expand customer-friendly “smart” parking meters that were recently installed in Bethesda to on-street meters in downtown Silver Spring. 
View the budget on the County’s website.