Montgomery County Council Has Full Plate Upon Return Tuesday

The Montgomery County Council will be back in session Tuesday, holding public hearings on bills and the county’s operating budget for the next fiscal year.

A large portion of the public hearings will focus on the special appropriations to the Montgomery County Public Schools’ (MCPS) operating budget, according to the county’s agenda. MCPS has requested funds to enhance school safety, which would include providing additional mental health support for students and behavioral threat assessment efforts and trainings. They have also asked for funds that would better remote education by providing online tutoring opportunities and technology access to all students.

Additionally, the county will also look into the operating budget for the department of recreation, which would allocate $1 million to youth sports programs. The county is also allocating funds to the Public Arts Trust, which would ensure maintenance for public works of art, and to the Montgomery Moving Forward. The Montgomery Moving Forward is an Early Care and Educations coordinating entity program in the county. The council will also appropriate funds to the department of transportation to replace roadside trees.

The county will also discuss a series of bills that would:

The council will also receive an update on the coronavirus pandemic from the department of health and human services and will also hold a briefing on the Purple Line project.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, residents will not be allowed to attend the meeting in the Council Hearing room. But residents who want to speak will have the option to sign up on the council’s website, or submit an audio, video or written testimony by Sept. 14 at 5 p.m.

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