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    FY16 Budget Approved . . .

    The Montgomery County Council on May 21 voted to approve more than 20 separate resolutions and actions that will form the Fiscal Year 2016 County operating budget and amendments to the Fiscal Years 2015-20 Capital Improvements Program. The new budget will go into effect on July 1.

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    Tune In With The Council. . .

    Montgomery County Councilmember Sidney Katz and MCPS Community Engagement Specialist Teresa Rios Wright visited the last En Sintonía con el Concejo de Montgomery, a weekly Council show on Radio America (WACA 1540 AM) to talk about the impact the new County operating budget have on services and schools, among other topics.


    Watch and see some of the essential services funded in the budget for more than one million Montgomery County residents. Final Council action on the Fiscal Year 2016 Operating Budget and amendments to the Fiscal Years 2015-20 Capital Improvements Program is scheduled for May 21. Find staff reports on specific items. Watch Budget reactions from individual Councilmembers.

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    Searching for information and tracking the progress of Council bills is now a much-improved process via a new web tool. The new access is part of the County’s Open Data Initiative to make information more easily accessible. To find information about current bills.

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    The contributions of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders to America’s history were recognized on May 12 by the Montgomery County Council as it declared May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. The month celebrates the important roles generations of residents with Asian-American and Pacific Islander roots have made to American society, business and culture. Councilmember Roger Berliner presented a proclamation on behalf of the Council.

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    The need for drivers and bicyclists to work at sharing the road safely was among the themes on May 12 as the Montgomery County Council recognized Bicycle Safety Month. The ceremonies also saluted the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, which has more than 1,000 members and works to promote biking for fun, fitness and affordable transportation. At the ceremonies, left to right: Councilmembers Hans Riemer, Nancy Floreen and Roger Berliner; Greg Billing of the Washington Area Bicycle Club; Joe Allen, founder of Bike Gaithersburg; and Pat Shepard and Sogand Seirafi of the Department of Transportation.

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    The Council’s Ad Hoc Committee on Liquor Control is charged with evaluating, reviewing and making recommendations about the County’s Department of Liquor Control and its alcohol distribution to restaurants and beer and wine stores. Committee members include: Hans Riemer, Chair; George Leventhal, Council President; and Marc Elrich, Councilmember.

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    18th County Council . . .

    The 18th County Council of Montgomery County was inaugurated on Dec. 1, 2014. Each member was elected to a four-year term. Seated, left to right: Hans Riemer, Nancy Floreen, George Leventhal and Tom Hucker. Standing: Roger Berliner, Sidney Katz, Nancy Navarro, Craig Rice and Marc Elrich. Photo by Clark W. Day

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