Category: County Council

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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Councilmember Riemer elected council president

Photo courtesy Council President Riemer Councilmember Hans Riemer (D-At Large) has been unanimously elected as president of the County Council for a one-year term. Riemer, who previously served as vice president, succeeds Councilmember Roger Berliner (D-District 1). Traditionally, the vice president is elevated to the presidency after serving a one-year term. Riemer, who is entering his eighth year on the council, is the council’s lead member for digital government on the Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee and on the Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee. He has been a strong advocate for funding public education and public transportation,...

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Legislation proposed to increase affordable housing units

Photo from Flickr user woodleywonderworks. Montgomery County could see the construction of more affordable housing units if two recent legislative proposals are passed. This week, Council Vice President Hans Riemer (D-At Large) introduced Bill 38-17, Housing – Moderately Priced Dwelling Units (MPDUs) – Requirement to Build. The bill would increase the minimum percentage MPDUs that are required to be built in new residential developments from 12.5 to 15 percent in a MCPS High School Service Area with an eligibility rate for free and reduced meals of 15 percent or less, according to a press release. The bill targets developments...

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County Council votes to approve $15 per hour minimum wage

There is a national movement advocating for a $15 per hour minimum wage. Photo from Wikimedia Commons. The County Council voted unanimously to require all county employers to pay employees a minimum wage of $15 an hour by July 1, 2024. In addition, the bill requires that the minimum wage be adjusted annually for inflation according to the Consumer Price Index for urban wage earners and clerical workers, starting July 1, 2022. The county is one of the first jurisdictions in the country to require a $15 minimum wage, the fight for which has become a national movement. This...

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Readers, friends celebrate at Source anniversary party

Council member Tom Hucker (right) presents a certificate of appreciation to Source cofounders Mike Mowery and Mike Diegel. Photo by Trish Rimo. About 40 readers and friends joined the Source of the Spring staff at All Set Restaurant & Bar last night for a party celebrating the one-year anniversary of the online publication. During the event, Councilmember Tom Hucker (D-District 5) presented a certificate of appreciation on behalf of the County Council and provided written comments. “Since [Mike Diegel and Mike Mowery] launched Source of the Spring one year ago, the online publication has been an informative, go-to source...

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