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Council OKs FY20 Operating Budget and Amendments to FY19-24 Capital Improvements Program

On Thursday, the Montgomery County Council unanimously voted to approve the County’s $5.8 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Operating Budget, amendments to the FY20 Capital Budget and the FY19-24 Capital Improvements Program (CIP). The Council agreed on a $4.4 billion FY19-24 CIP to fund school construction, infrastructure improvements and community projects. The operating budget fully funds Montgomery County Public Schools and supports Montgomery College, expands public safety, provides essential health and human services programs and safety net services, invests in public transportation and earmarks $7 million in funding for one of Council President Navarro’s top priorities—early child care and education.

The operating budget meets the FY20 target for the County’s reserve — 10 percent of adjusted governmental revenues. The budget also provides $128.3 million in additional resources for Other Postemployment Benefits. Funding for these fiscal obligation helps the County retain its triple-A bond rating.

“I am proud to say that the $5.8 billion operating budget turns our talk into action by providing strategic investments that will assist community members, enhance our quality of life and meet the complex needs of our dynamic County,” said Council President Nancy Navarro. “This budget brings together my priorities and my work on education, economic development and workforce development with a focus on equity, fiscal prudence and sustainability. This budget says we are a people-friendly and a business-friendly government, and we care about our employees.”

The budgets will go into effect on July 1. The complete list of items approved on the Council’s budget reconciliation list can be found here. The list of County community grants can be found here. The Council’s budget resolutions can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/MoCo2020Budget .

The County’s $4.4 billion, six-year capital budget provides funding to address the County’s most urgent building needs. Some items of note in the CIP include: more than $10 million in additional funding for the resurfacing of residential and rural roads, which is more than double the amount currently programmed for FY19; the restoration of planning and design funds for additions at Highland View, Lake Seneca and Thurgood Marshall Elementary Schools, as requested by the Board of Education; the restoration of planning, design and construction funds for additions at Ronald McNair Elementary School and Parkland Middle School, with a one year delay; and the acceleration of funding for facilities improvements, restroom renovations and roof replacements throughout Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS).

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