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  • COUNCIL IN BRIEF . . .

    This week's segment includes: County Executive’s recommended budget,Council President George Leventhal’s assessment. Education Forums being hosted by Councilmember Craig Rice and representatives of MCPS and Montgomery College: Councilmember Rice comments. Presentation to the Churchill High School ice hockey team: Councilmember Roger Berliner presents the proclamation on behalf of the Council. To recieve periodic news updates from the Council please subscribe to Montgomery County Council's YouTube Channel.

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    FY16 BUDGET UPDATES . . .

    To get the latest information on the Fiscal Year 2016 Operating Budget and Fiscal Year 2015-2020 Capital Improvements Program, CLICK HERE.

    The Council may add to, delete from, increase or decrease any appropriation item in the operating or capital budget. The Council must approve the budget and appropriate funding no later than June 1, 2015.

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    IFP Budget Model . . .

    The interactive fiscal plan is a budget model that measures the multi-year effect of alternative revenue and expenditure assumptions on the aggregate (all-agency) County operating budget. The model calculates the cumulative six-year effect of adjusting the assumed average annual rate of change for each major budget variable. The model displays the effect of these alternative assumptions on the sixth fiscal year. Click here to access the model.

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    WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH . . .

    The achievements of women, who compose 52 percent of Montgomery County’s population and represent nearly half of the workforce, were celebrated by the County Council on March 24. At the ceremonies in Rockville were, left to right: Councilmember Nancy Navarro; Heather Reichardt of the Montgomery County Commission for Women; and Council Vice President Nancy Floreen.

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    CHAMPIONS WITH BITE . . .

    Justin Vagonis, captain of the Churchill High School ice hockey team, talks about his team’s remarkable season as the Bulldogs were honored by the Montgomery County Council on March 24. Coach Ray McKenzie’s team from Potomac finished with a 20-1 record, scored 162 goals this season while allowing opponents only 22, won its third Maryland Scholastic Hockey League championship in five years and became the first Maryland public school ice hockey team to finish a season ranked No. 1 in the Washington area by The Washington Post. Councilmember Roger Berliner presented a proclamation to the team on behalf of the Council.

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    Tune In With The Council. . .

    Montgomery County Councilmember Marc Elrich, who chairs the Council’s Public Safety Committee, was featured guest at the latest En Sintonía con el Concejo de Montgomery (Tuned In with the Montgomery County Council), a weekly show on Radio America (WACA 1540 AM). Among the issues he talked about were the County pilot program for the use of police body cameras, ideas to expand affordable housing options, and the issue of infrastructure and overcrowding in Montgomery County Public Schools.

    Part 1: Body cameras for policeman
    Part 2: Affordable Housing
    Part 3: School infrastructure and overcrowding

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    COMMITTEE ON LIQUOR CONTROL . . .

    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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