Nonprofits Seek Reversal of $600,000 Cut in Budget (PHOTO & VIDEO)

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About 150 people representing dozens of nonprofits gathered at the Council Office Building in Rockville on Monday, seeking to overturn a 1 percent cut in county funding proposed in County Executive Ike Leggett’s fiscal 2018 budget.

The cut would hit contracts awarded by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, which serve “the most vulnerable among us,” said Debbie Ezrin, director of development and communications for the county’s Coalition for the Homeless.

A 1 percent cut would represent a loss of $600,000, she said. The coalition’s portion would represent the salary for a caseworker, Ezrin said.

The event drew seven of nine County Council members, who spoke in favor of restoring the 1 percent cut through the budget reconciliation process, as well as finding a 3 percent increase in funding that nonprofits sought, Ezrin said.

“We left with a great sense of optimism and gratitude for the council recognizing the role nonprofits play in improving the life of all county residents,” Ezrin said.

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