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March 23, 2023

FY24 Budget Work Begins

The Council has received County Executive Marc Elrich’s $6.8 billion Fiscal Year 2024 Recommended Operating Budget for Montgomery County. Now the Council’s budget deliberations on behalf of the County’s more than 1.1 million residents are officially underway. 

You can use this interactive tool to learn more about the proposed budget. 

Public engagement is a critical component of this process and helps us develop a budget that meets the needs of community members in every corner of the County. I encourage residents to participate in the upcoming public hearings. Public hearings on the operating budget will be held on April 11 at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and April 13 at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Virtual and in-person participation is available. Sign up to testify:

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Thanking our Volunteer Firefighters and EMTs

I recently had the opportunity to meet with the dedicated volunteers who are on the front lines of fire, rescue and emergency services. These 2,500 dedicated members of the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association serve as firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, and administrative and support personnel at 19 local fire and rescue departments. They work hard every day to improve the delivery of fire and rescue service to the residents of Montgomery County.

I appreciate their service and dedication. Thank you to our neighbors for keeping us safe!

Council President Glass poses with three MCVFRA members

Fighting Hate in our Community

Montgomery County is one of the most diverse communities in the United States, a fact we celebrate every day. The rise in racial, ethnic and LGBTQ+ hate crimes continues to be disturbing and frightening. 

I recently took part in two community discussions focused on strengthening relationships, forging mutual support and counteracting hate. The first was a panel discussion on antisemitism organized by the American Jewish Committee at the Bender JCC in Rockville, where I was joined by Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin, MCPD Deputy Commander Ari Elkin, and George Washington University student Ezra Meyer.

I also joined the JCRC of Greater Washington and the JCRC of San Francisco for an evening of transcontinental friendship with leaders of the Jewish faith and Asian American Pacific Islander community. 

One of the central functions of government is to provide comfort and safety to our residents, which is why we have a moral obligation to promote inclusiveness, celebrate diversity, prevent the spread of misinformation, and reject hate in all its forms.

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Silver Spring Safety Forum

Join Councilmember Kate Stewart and me on Sunday, March 26 for a community conversation about public safety in Silver Spring. Public safety officials and nonprofit service providers will be on hand to talk about actions being taken to keep residents, businesses and visitors safe.

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Applications Open: Planning Board Positions

Applications are now open to fill two vacancies on the Montgomery County Planning Board, including the full-time position as the Planning Board Chair. The Planning Board serves a critical function as the Council’s principal adviser on land use and community planning.

Applicants may be registered to vote in the County as a member of any political party or as an unaffiliated voter. Applications must be received no later than Monday, April 3 at 5 p.m. Annual compensation for Board members is currently $30,000, and the full-time Chair currently earns $228,000.

Learn more here.

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Constituent Corner

A constituent contacted my office to notify us that there were several Pepco lights out along Macarthur Blvd between Maryland Ave to Walhondig Rd. My office contacted Pepco to inspect the lights, and their crew found that a tree had fallen on the wires and blown the transformer fuse. It was promptly repaired. As always, please feel free to reach out to me by emailing me at or calling my office at (240) 777-7966.


Did You Know?

Pepco offers a Quick Home Energy Check-up that teaches residents how their home uses energy and how to make easy changes that can save both energy and money. In about an hour, a certified Energy Analyst will conduct a walk-through of your home and may even install energy-saving products at no additional cost to the homeowner.  After the check-up is completed, recommendations will be emailed or mailed to help you reduce your energy use and save money. To learn more, go to: Quick Home Energy Check-up Program | Pepco

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