October 13, 2021 | Collin Riviello

Elrich Hosting Hybrid Forum Wednesday to Discuss Budget for Fiscal Year 2023

County Executive Marc Elrich will host a hybrid forum on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. to gather community input on the FY23 operating budget. This forum will be both in person at the White Oak Community Recreation Center in Silver Spring and virtually via Microsoft Teams. Elrich will submit a budget proposal next March to […]

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May 10, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne and Suzanne Pollak

After Criticism for Delay, County Announces Plan to Reopen Libraries, Senior Centers

After backlash from residents and community leaders, Montgomery County will be reopening some of its public libraries and senior centers. On June 1, six library branches will reopen. Then, on June 14 two of the county’s seven senior centers will reopen. The libraries that will reopen are: Connie Morella Library, 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda Gaithersburg […]

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April 26, 2021 | Gracie Tanner

City of Takoma Park Proposes Property Tax Increase

The Takoma Park City Council is holding two public hearings on Wednesday, April 28 to discuss the proposed FY22 tax rate and budget. At the hearings, the city will propose to increase real property taxes. For the tax year beginning July 1, 2021, the estimated real property assessable base will increase by 1.9%, equivalent to […]

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January 19, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

Gov. Hogan Previews Recovery Budget for Fiscal Year 2022

Gov. Larry Hogan previewed his proposed Fiscal Year 2022 recovery budget Tuesday, noting the full budget will be presented Wednesday. Hogan said he’s pleased with the budget, which is structurally balanced, without increasing taxes, despite the economic hardship brought by the coronavirus. Hogan said early in the pandemic, the state took action by budget reductions […]

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December 17, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

MCPS Superintendent Proposes Decreased Budget for FY 2022 as Enrollment Drops

Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith announced in a prerecorded video Thursday that he’s recommending a $2.7 billion operating budget for the fiscal year 2022. The budget is a 1.5% decrease and a $42.6 million decrease from the FY 2021 budget. Smith said the budget was developed recognizing the “profound” impact the coronavirus has had […]

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September 21, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

MCPS Committee Warns of Upcoming Financial Woes, Cuts

COVID- 19 has placed a heavy burden on the Montgomery County Public Schools’ budget, one that could lead to a reduction in jobs in the central office. During the Sept. 21 Financial Management Committee virtual meeting, Board Member Patricia O’Neill said, “It’s grim looking. These numbers could actually be worse at the end of the […]

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September 11, 2020 | Clara Longo de Freitas

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 […]

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May 12, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Council Adds $2.2 Million to Proposed Budget

County councilmembers unanimously voted Tuesday afternoon to add an additional $2.2 million to its $5.9 billion proposed 2021 operating budget. Council is expected to vote on the proposed budget on May 21. On May 12, the council agreed to spend $888,000 to hire 10 additional school nurses. It also agreed to allocate $700,000 for new […]

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April 10, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Marylanders to Get $600 Per Week on Top of Current Unemployment Benefits

The Maryland Department of Labor saw more than 108,000 unemployment insurance claims over the past week, and 240,000 in the past month. That’s more than the number of claims filed total in 2019, Gov. Larry Hogan said at a press conference Friday.  “These are not just numbers. Each one of these represents a struggling Marylander,” […]

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March 5, 2020 | Alexandra Macia

Hogan Requests $10 Million in Coronavirus Emergency Funding

Gov. Larry Hogan has requested $10 million for coronavirus preparedness and emergency funding in his supplemental budget for Fiscal Year 2021. “Our highest priority is keeping our residents safe. The public should be assured that our state’s preparedness builds on decades of planning, experience, and expertise gained from previous and ongoing public health events,” Hogan […]

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