Category: County Council

Council now looking for Planning Board applicants

Montgomery County photo The County Council is looking for applicants to fill a vacancy on the Montgomery County Planning Board. The first term of Natali Fani-Gonzalez (D) will expire on June 14 and she has indicated that she will apply for reappointment. Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28. Board members serve a four-year term and are eligible to serve two terms. They are paid $30,000 per year and are expected to attend several meetings each week, including the regular Thursday weekly meeting, as well as spend time in preparatory work and other...

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County dedicates Silver Spring hall to honor Buffalo Soldiers

County Executive Ike Leggett speaks in front of the Buffalo Soldiers flag. Photo by Mike Diegel. A number of county officials, led by County Executive Ike Leggett (D) and Council President Hans Riemer (D-At Large), last night dedicated The Buffalo Soldiers Great Hall in the Silver Spring Civic Building. The hall recognizes the Buffalo Soldiers, a segregated unit of African-Americans in the U.S. Army created by Congress after the Civil War. The group was given the nickname by Native Americans during the Indian Wars of the 19th century. Buffalo Soldiers later went on to fight in World War I...

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County Council votes to approve FY18 budget savings plan

Photo from Pexels The County Council yesterday approved a resolution calling for $53.4 million in cuts to the FY18 operating budget and $9.3 million in cuts to the Capital Improvements Program. County Executive Isiah Leggett had proposed a FY18 savings plan that included $58.7 million in operating budget savings and $13.5 million in current revenue capital budget savings to reduce costs in the current year. The latest fiscal estimates showed a net decrease in anticipated county revenues of $180.9 million ($94.9 million in FY18 and $86 million in FY19), compared to estimates assumed at the time the FY18 budget...

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Community meeting to look at state of homelessness in county

Photo from Wikimedia Commons Councilmember George Leventhal will host a community meeting on “The State of Homelessness in Montgomery County” from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, January 29 in the Silver Spring Civic Building. Leventhal, who chairs the council’s Health and Human Services Committee, will be joined by: Uma Ahluwalia, director of the county’s Department of Health and Human Services; John Mendez, interim executive director of Bethesda Cares; Christine Hong, director of homeless services for Interfaith Works; and Jackie Coyle, executive director of Shepherd’s Table. Leventhal will present on homelessness research. A question and answer session with panelists will follow, covering...

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Council vote allows prepayment of 2018 property tax

Montgomery County graphic County residents may prepay their 2018 property taxes under emergency legislation passed Tuesday by the County Council. The council acted in reaction to legislation signed last week that revamped the U.S. tax code. Among other provisions, the law limits the state and local income tax, sales tax and property tax deductions for those who itemize to $10,000 beginning in 2018. The advance payment of 2018 property tax before the end of 2017 may be deductible for some taxpayers on their 2017 federal income tax return. The advance payment must be made in person or by mail...

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