December 5, 2017

County Executive Ike Leggett Developing a Recommended Savings Plan to Address FY18 Revenue Shortfall

Montgomery County’s November income tax distribution for the state of Maryland is forecast to be short $64 million below expectations. County’s Department of Finance projects a total revenue shortfall of $95 million in expected FY18 resources. Adding a $25 million revenue shortfall from the previous year, the total savings required are $120 million

To address the shortfall County Executive Ike Leggett has asked all Executive Branch departments to identify a two percent savings in the current FY18 budget.

Leggett will present his recommended savings plan to Council in mid-December.

County Executive Wants to Hear from You to Determine Priorities for the FY19 Budget

County Executive Ike Leggett will host five budget forums in January to gather resident input on their priorities for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) budget.

Suggestions and ideas submitted during the forums will assist the County Executive to prepare his FY19 Budget. The budget is submitted to the County Council on March 15.

Forums are scheduled throughout January across the County:
Join Montgomery County’s conversation about the FY19 Operating Budget on social media and help raise awareness by using #MoCoBudget19.

What’s "On Tap" at the Department of Liquor Control

It’s been almost one year since Robert Dorfman was appointed as director of the Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control (DLC). On a recent episode of County Report This Week, Dorfman talked about operational improvements at the warehouse and what customers can expect in terms of selection, pricing and improved customer service at the DLC’s 27 retail stores this holiday season.
During the next few weeks, the DLC will assist the Montgomery County Police Alcohol Holiday Task Force with compliance checks of businesses that hold alcohol licenses.

Public safety is a top priority for the DLC, and the department recently won a national award for its Legislative Outreach Program at the Maryland Alcohol Forum. The forum, “Innovative Solutions to Keeping Communities Safe,” highlighted alcohol licensing needs and educated attendees about the public safety benefits of alcohol regulation.

In case you missed it, the president of the Maryland Public Health Association noted the importance of the “health and social costs” of the alcohol industry in a recent op-ed in The Baltimore Sun.

With Montgomery County’s system of alcohol regulation, the County is a leader in protecting public health and safety. For example, the system allows the County to refuse to carry alcohol-industry products designed to encourage underage drinking.

A Johns Hopkins University study reported that Montgomery County has the second-lowest rate among all Maryland counties in alcohol-related treatment admissions and the second lowest rate of alcohol-related crashes. In addition, the County has lower rates of youth binge drinking and alcohol-related hospitalizations and emergency room visits.

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Leggett’s Mobile Integrated Health Care Program Connects Frequent Callers of 9-1-1 to Needed Health Services to Save Dollars, Deliver Better Health Care

County Executive Ike Leggett has sent the County Council a supplemental appropriation of more than $400,000 to begin the implementation of the Montgomery County Mobile Integrated Health care project. The program is a bold, new program that more efficiently and effectively serves frequent callers for County ambulance services.

The Montgomery County Mobile Integrated Healthcare program is a collaborative effort by the County Fire & Rescue Service and the County Department of Health & Human Services designed to reduce the growth rate of system demands on the County’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and provide better health care for County residents who are frequent ambulance users.

The Montgomery County Mobile Integrated Health care project follows a pilot project that involved frequent EMS callers who needed healthcare but not ambulance services. By providing those individuals with the medical and social services they needed, the calls to EMS were cut more than half and residents received healthcare to meet their needs.

More information is available in the press release.

Office of Human Rights to Host Employment Law Updates & Information Breakfast

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The County’s Office of Human Rights and the Human Rights Commission will host a free seminar for employers to learn about emerging employment laws and regulations including sexual harassment, Earned Sick and Safe leave, age discrimination, tipped employee reporting requirements, minimum wage and the Ban the Box law.

The free breakfast will take place Thursday, December 7, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The event will be held in the second-floor conference room at the Rockville Memorial Library located at 21 Maryland Avenue.

Space is limited for this free workshop. Registration is available online at or by contacting Beverly Marshall at 240-777-8479. A complimentary continental breakfast will be served.

Montgomery County’s Department of Environmental Protection Continues to Reduce the County’s Carbon Footprint

Yard Trim Composting Facility
The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has taken another step to protect the environment in Montgomery County. DEP has partnered with Braskem’s I’m Green polyethylene (PE) and ProAmpac’s Trinity Packaging Division to provide packaging for Leafgro®, which is the County’s composted soil enrichment product. The new wrapping is a sustainable resource made from sugarcane.

Leafgro® is made from composted leaves and grass collected from around the County which is converted into a soil conditioner. If not for the composting option, the leaves and grass clippings used to make the rich organic compost would be combusted.

The partnership with Braskem and ProAmpac ensures that future Leafgro® compost packaging will be 100 percent based on I’m Green sugarcane bioplastic. This means it is produced from renewable resources that are carbon negative to help the County reduce its carbon footprint. Leafgro® brand compost, is sold throughout the U.S. mid-East Coast in “big box” stores and in select home and garden centers. Once the composting facility has worked through its existing stock of regular (fossil-based) bags, Leafgro® will begin to be sold to distributors in its new, plant-based packaging — early April, 2018.

For more information on the DEP composting program, visit Montgomery County Yard Trim Composting Facility website.

County Executive Ike Leggett and Catherine Leggett Host 32nd Annual Executive’s Ball Benefitting Arts and Humanities

County Executive Ike Leggett and the First Lady Catherine Leggett hosted the 32nd annual Executive’s Ball on Sunday, December 3. The event was held at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel located at 5701 Marinelli Road. The Montgomery County Executive’s Ball brings together the arts and humanities community with elected officials, the business community and philanthropists to support, sustain and promote cultural assets in our community. Proceeds from the event support arts in education programs in Montgomery County, which provide cultural and learning opportunities for youth throughout the County. The ball is administered by The Community Foundation for Montgomery County and is funded solely through corporate and private donations.

Montgomery Community Media produced a video to honor Mr. and Mrs. Leggett for their dedication to the arts throughout the years.

Volunteer Opportunities for the Holiday Season

The winter holidays inspire many people to give back to the community, and local nonprofits and government agencies have many opportunities for volunteers to help during the holidays. The Volunteer Center provides hundreds of opportunities to connect volunteers to meaningful community service opportunities during the holiday season and all year long.

If you would like to volunteer this holiday season, visit the Volunteer Center website to see the opportunities available for all ages and interests.

Comcast created this video that highlights the Volunteer Center’s amazing volunteers and nonprofits in Montgomery County.

Calling Montgomery College and High School Student Artists for the 2018 Wheaton Arts Parade Poster Contest

Montgomery college and high school students are invited to submit designs to illustrate themes for the September event highlighting the arts and diverse cultures in Wheaton. The winning design will be used in promotional materials for the 2018 Wheaton Arts Parade scheduled for September 23. The deadline for entries is December 31.

The artist of the winning design will receive a $300 prize, presented by the IHOP of Wheaton. The student will work with Wheaton artists on the details that will refine their design into the poster and other promotional materials. Design entries should include space for graphic elements that will be added with event information (such as a logo, hashtag and web address).

View more information from the press release.

Montgomery Parks Garden of Lights Show is Open

For the last 19 years, Brookside Gardens has transformed into a whimsical winter wonderland with twinkling lights and glimmering displays. More than one million dazzling and colorful LED lights are handwoven into original works depicting animals, flowers, and other natural elements.

Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, hosts the Garden of Lights Brookside Gardens’ annual walk-through light show every night through January 1, 2018, except December 24 and 25. Find more information here.