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Education Funding was the Hot Topic at Leggett’s Budget Forum



County Executive Ike Leggett came to Germantown on Monday night to hear from UpCounty resident’s regarding how to spend Montgomery County funds in the FY2017 Operating Budget. He wanted to hear from residents as their priorities and suggestions for a spending plan for the budget which will be proposed in March of this year.

Many residents came forward to ask for additional money for programs and departments ranging from Montgomery County Public Library to Avery House, an addiction treatment center in Rockville, to increasing the County’s funding of the Public Funded Elections Law. However, the overwhelming topic of discussion was funding of education.

The meeting was dominated by members of the Montgomery County Education Association, clad in purple MCEA tee shirts, urging Leggett to fund fully the $2.45 billion budget which the Board of Education would approve the following evening.

Also attending the meeting were, Board of Education President Michael Durso, and some Board of Education members including Rebecca Smondrowski, and Jill Ortman-Fouse, along with newly named Superintendent of Schools to be Jack R. Smith.

The meeting was also attended by a few members of the County Council including District 2-Germantown representative Craig Rice, and District 3-Gaithersburg representative Sydney Katz.

Leggett began the presentation at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown by pointing out that a large portion of the County’s operating budget is made up of items which either through legal or practical obligations cannot be adjusted.