Montgomery County Council Accepts Audio/Video Testimony for Remote Hearings

The Montgomery County Council recently implemented new ways of allowing the public to submit testimony for public hearings during the COVID-19 pandemic - audio and video. The County Council is holding virtual meetings as part of their response to the pandemic. As the public is prohibited from attending in person, they've developed alternative methods for residents to submit their testimony. https://twitter.com/Andrew_Friedson/status/1247598932944920582 Written testimony is also being accepted. The deadline to submit testimony is two days…

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Montgomery County Council Approves Budget, Increases Property Tax

The Montgomery County Council unanimously approved a $4.37 billion budget, which increases spending by 2.2 percent.  As reported by the Washington Post: Funding for schools is down slightly, employees face cuts to health and retirement benefits and spending on recreation, fire and rescue and some social service and other programs is being reduced. The council upped the property tax rate by 4.2 cents, but also included a credit that moderates the increase for homeowners, officials…

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Montgomery County to Cut Employee Benefits and School System

As reported by the Washington Post, the Montgomery County Council, led by Council President Valerie Ervin, has agreed on a package of cuts to employee benefits and the public school system.  The  Council is scheduled to vote on these key parts of the budget Thursday. Under the plan, the council would cut $25 million from the $1.4 billion it contributed to the public school system this year. It would also take more control over the…

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