Katz Update: FY23 Operating Budget


October 15, 2021


As you may know, Montgomery County has two budgets: the Operating Budget and the Capital Budget. The Operating Budget focuses on services such as education, public safety, trash collection and economic development. In fact, almost half of the Operating budget goes to Montgomery County Public Schools. The Capital Budget focuses on facilities such as school construction, roads, water and sewer, and libraries. In the Fall, all county departments review performance data and prepare budget proposals. By March 15th of every year, the County Executive transmits a formal budget proposal to the County Council. In the Spring, the County Council holds public hearings, work sessions and adopts the budget by June 1st. The graphic below shows the percentages of total expenditures by service areas for the FY22 Approved Operating Budget.  



At the County Council this week -

  • The Council presented a proclamation recognizing Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Held in October, this awareness month is an effort to prevent childhood bullying and promote kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. View video here.
  • The Council, sitting as Board of Health, received a Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) update from county government and Montgomery County Public Schools and held a discussion on county health planning. View the staff report here.
    • The County has created a vaccine dashboard: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/data/#vaccine. 
  • Park and Planning presented their Semi-Annual Report to the Council. This briefing was an opportunity for Park and Planning to brief the Council on their accomplishments and provide an update on work program items. View staff report here.


I am proud to be the Chair of the Public Safety (PS) Committee and a member of the Government Operations (GO) Committee. 

  • The PS committee held an oversight work session regarding Alcoholic Beverages Services (ABS). The committee received updates on key programs and initiatives and reviewed relevant spending or performance data. View staff report here.
  • The PS committee met jointly with the Transportation & Environment committee (T&E) to hold a worksession about Office of Legislative Oversight (OLO) Report 2021-10: A Study on Reassigning Traffic Enforcement from the Police Department to the Department of Transportation. View staff report here.
  • The PS committee met jointly with the GO committee to discuss the public safety radio system which provides communication among the 911 call center (Public Safety Communication Center), police, fire, ambulances, and other users. View staff report  here.
  • The GO committee held a worksession to discuss Bill 32-21which would ban the county from including a “no-rehire” clause in an employee settlement agreement with some exceptions.  

*All committee worksessions are available to view on YouTube - click here. 



The Great Pumpkin Race and Fall Festival

I had a great time at the Montgomery Village Foundation’s 12th Annual Great Pumpkin Race. The event is a unique side-by-side, single-elimination race featuring handcrafted, decorated pumpkin race cars. Guess who won the race this year??!! Everyone enjoyed themselves with music, food and fun.    



Kimberly J. Brown (left), born on November 16, 1984, in Gaithersburg, MD, is an American actress, best known to audiences for her portrayal of the teen witch Marnie Piper in the Halloweentown films, in which she starred alongside Debbie Reynolds. Before being cast as Marnie, Brown found notoriety for her role as Marah Lewis on Guiding Light, the third actress to take on the role, and as Annie Wheaton in the Rose Red miniseries, an original miniseries written by Stephen King.



Outdoor Family Storytime at Aspen Hill Library

Monday, October 18: 10:15am - 10:45am @ Aspen Hill Library

You will have fun under the sun at family storytime! Join in the fun for family storytime outside!!

Dance and Laughter for Total Wellness - Virtual

Monday, October 18: 11:00am - 11:30am - VIRTUAL  

Join Kumud Mathur over Zoom for a session of dancing and laughter. Let physical exercise and virtual connection help you feel better!

Introduction to Entrepreneurship - Maryland Women's Business Center-Virtual

Tuesday, October 19: 10:00am - 11:30am 

Becoming a successful entrepreneur requires hard work and thorough planning. Learn how to become an entrepreneur from the Maryland Women's Business Center. REGISTER

Free Financial Health and Wellness Seminars - Virtual - Sponsored by Mongomery County Commission for Women and MCPL

Tuesday, October 19: 7:00pm - 8:00pm @ Rockville Memorial Library

Need help with your finances? Join this FREE financial seminar that covers the nuts and bolts of all things money. REGISTER

Bone Builders Exercise Class for 55+ - Virtual

Thursday, October 21: 10:30am - 11:30am

Get Moving Again! Bone Builders is a twice weekly, one-hour class for seniors 55+ that includes a warm up, balance exercise, arm & leg strengthening exercises, and a cool down.


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