Montgomery County Council Meetings May 12, 2022

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MARYLAND, November 5 – Montgomery College FY23 Operating Budget and FY23-28 CIP Change Tracking

Review: Council will consider Montgomery College’s FY23 operating budget. The recommended FY23 budget for Montgomery College is over $321 million, a 2.8% increase over the approved budget for FY22. The college’s budget assumes no tuition increases and more than $55 million in state aid.

In addition to an operating budget overview, the committee will discuss a summary of the Board’s request and county executive’s budget recommendation, COVID-19 relief funding, information on the racial equity, enrollment trends, tuition earnings, compensation and employee benefits. In addition, the committee will discuss current funding for the East County Education Center.

The E&C Committee examined this budget during a April 25 meeting and recommends a total appropriation of over $321 million, fully funding the College’s request. In addition, the Committee recommends a county contribution of more than $147 million, an increase of $2 million over sustaining effort (MOE) and the approved FY22 budget. also added two tranches of $500,000 each to the reconciliation list.

FY23 Montgomery County Public Schools Operating Budget and FY23-28 CIP Amendments

Review: The Board will review the FY23 operating budget and FY23-28 CIP for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). The recommended FY23 budget for MCPS is over $2.9 billion, which represents a 5.3% increase over the approved budget for FY22. On April 20, the E&C Committee received an overview of MCPS’ FY23 operating budget, as requested by the Board of Education and recommended by the County Executive. The E&C committee discussed the budget during a April 29 meeting and unanimously recommends a total appropriation of $2.9 billion with a county contribution of $1.8 billion. In addition, the committee unanimously recommended approval of the county’s affordability reconciliation with current revenue reductions impacting the technology modernization project.

FY23 Recreation Department Operating Budget

Review: Council will consider the FY23 operating budget for the Department of Recreation. The recommended FY23 budget for the department is over $55 million, representing an increase of more than $6.4 million or 13.3% over the approved FY22 budget. Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) examined this budget during a April 27 meeting and recommended a reduction of $782,057 to the Department’s FY23 operating budget due to an increase in the Department’s lapse assumption, which is derived from the average of unspent personnel costs over the past three fiscal years.

The committee also recommended approval of service increases recommended by the county executive, including: enhanced seniors programs and support for seniors programs, the acquisition of a wheelchair accessible vehicle for the department’s seniors programs, funding Independence Day fireworks in Germantown and Wheaton, and opening the South County Regional Recreation and Aquatic Center.

Leisure – school-based programs, after-school time programs and skills for the future

Review: The Board will consider the FY23 operating budget for school-based and out-of-school programs. The FY23 recommended budget for these programs is over $22 million, or 12.3% more than the FY22 approved budget.

The joint PHED and E&C committee examined this budget during a April 27 meeting and recommended the addition of a parent engagement program for new sites or the recent addition of a core budget for Excel Beyond the Bell (EBB) elementary sites, funding to support the continuation of PLAYMontgomery and implementation of girls’ sports leagues, support for the KID Museum to provide extension Out-of-School Time Scheduling, continued funding for six youth services added through a special appropriation in response to the pandemic, extension of RecZone in two high schools, expansion of EBB Elementary to two additional schools, continued funding of Bienvenidos Services for Newcomers, and approval of the FY23 Executive’s proposal to fund NDA Skills for the Future.

The Joint Committee has long been concerned about the importance of quality time out of school to support the healthy development of young people. Due to the negative impact of social isolation and schooling disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic on the county’s youth, particularly black and brown youth and youth from low-income families, the Joint Committee supported the expansion of quality OST programming to counter some of the negative effects of the pandemic.

Police Accountability Board

Review: The Board will consider the Police Accountability Board (PAB) NDA FY23 operating budget. The recommended FY23 budget for the PAB is $504,982. The CAP was created under Bill 49-21, Police – Police Accountability Commission – Administrative Charges Board – Establishment. The PAB and Administrative Billing Committee (ACC) are to be fully staffed and operational by July 1, 2022.

The county executive originally included $100,510 in its March 15 FY23 recommended operating budget submission, reflecting the initial fiscal impact of the bill as introduced. The bill was later amended to provide compensation for both ACC members and certain PAB members and specified that the PAB must be properly staffed. The executive submitted subsequent budget changes bringing the total funding to $504,982.

The Public Safety (PS) Committee examined this budget during a April 25 meeting and Recommended Approval as amended by the County Executive.

FY23 Library Operating Budget

Review: The Board will consider the FY23 operating budget for Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL). The FY23 recommended budget for MCPL is $42.7 million, a 7.4% increase over the FY22 approved budget. The E&C Committee reviewed this budget at a April 25 meeting and recommended approval as amended by the county executive with the addition of $320,000 to the base public library budget.

The E&C Committee examined this budget during a April 25 meeting and recommended approval as amended by the county executive with the addition of $320,000 to the base public library budget. After the committee’s review, Council Member Jawando requested an amendment to the Montgomery County Public Libraries Capital Budget associated with the Chevy Chase Library Refresh Project. He recommends that the Board reallocate the over $5.8 million proposed in fiscal year 26-27 for the refresh project to instead be used for a PDF for a replacement facility to include affordable housing.

FY23 Office of Grant Management Operating Budget

Review: The Board will consider the FY23 operating budget for the Grants Management Office. The Office of Grant Management is a new non-core office to be launched on July 1, 2022. The recommended budget for FY23 includes funding for three FTEs and office operating expenses totaling $341,309 including a Director of Office of Grants Management ($152,117), Grants Research Program Manager II ($89,596), Grants Distribution Program Manager II ($89,596) and Office Operating Costs ($10,000).

The joint GO and HHS committee held a see you on May 11 to review this budget and recommends approval of the Grants Management Office budget as submitted.

CIP: Cost Sharing GCM

Review: The Commission will consider CIP FY23-28 for CWM cost sharing. This project provides funds for the development of non-governmental projects in collaboration with public bodies or the private sector. County participation leverages private and other public funds for these facilities. Prior to disbursing funds, the relevant county department or agency and the private organization will develop a memorandum of understanding, which outlines each other’s requirements and responsibilities.

The staff report with specific recommendations for the Cost-Sharing Capital Grants will be available on Thursday, May 12.

NDA Community Grants

Review: The Board will consider the Community Grants NDA, which provides one-time grants directly to organizations in the community. These community organizations are essential to an effective network of services and are often able to provide these services in a more cost effective, culturally appropriate and flexible manner than county government. They are also able to leverage community resources that may not be available to county government.

The staff report will be available on Thursday 12 May.

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