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Leggett Unveils $4.52 Billion FY19 Capital Improvement Program Budget

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett released his recommended FY19 Capital Budget and six-year FY19-24 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) – his final Capital Budget as County Executive.

In his latest CIP, Leggett is calling for a six-year CIP which totals $4.521 billion. It includes $1.751 billion for the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), the highest level ever. Including this recommendation, MCPS capital funding under Leggett has grown by $577.8 million – a 49.2 -percent increase - over the past 12 years.

Montgomery County Public Schools

Leggett’s budget provides $1.751 billion to Montgomery County Public Schools, which is the highest funding level ever, according to county officials.

“In November 2006, when I first was elected County Executive, enrollment in Montgomery County Public Schools was 138,520 students,” Leggett wrote in his memo introducing the CIP budget to the County Council. “Today, estimated enrollment for the 2017-18 school year stands at 161,546 students - an increase of over 23,000 students or 16.6 percent. Changing demographics primarily related to increases in students with low-incomes, students with disabilities, or students for whom English is a second language, have led to educational initiatives and facility requirements designed to ensure that all students maximize their potential and are prepared for future educational and career opportunities.”

“For these reasons, I am recommending a $1.751 billion capital budget for the Montgomery County Public Schools. Despite significant reductions in General Obligation bonds, school impact taxes, and recordation taxes, this budget increases Montgomery County Public Schools funding $7.5 million above the Amended FY17-22 CIP. If approved, the recommended funding level represents the highest funding ever provided to Montgomery County Public Schools. Under my Recommended CIP, funding for Montgomery County Public Schools will have grown by $577.8 million, or 49.2 percent over the prior 12 years,” wrote Leggett.

Montgomery College

The budget also includes $281.2 million for Montgomery College’s Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring campuses.

“I recommend a total FY19-24 six-year CIP of $281.2 million for Montgomery College. This includes an increase of $4.9 million in the first four years of the CIP, despite diminished County resources. In addition, $21.3 million has been added for a new project to renovate the College's Rockville, Takoma Park/Silver Spring, and Germantown libraries; funding to