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Mission Statement

The goals of the County Government relating to utility consumption are to:

  • achieve energy savings by the elimination of wasteful or inefficient operation of building systems;
  • continue improvements in energy efficiency in all County operations; and
  • obtain required energy fuels at the most favorable cost to the County.


The Department of General Services manages the payment for 1,504 separately metered utility accounts for these facilities, streetlights, and traffic-controlled signalized intersections.


Budget Overview

The FY19 Recommended Budget for the tax-supported Utilities NDA is $26,552,746, an increase of $317,100 or 1.2 percent above the FY18 Approved Budget of $26,235,645. Allocation of these utilities expenditures is approximately: electricity, 77.8 percent; natural gas, 7.3 percent; water and sewer, 11.9 percent; other utilities, 1.5 percent; fuel oil, 0.3 percent; and propane, 0.2 percent.

The FY19 Recommended Budget includes County government utilities expenditures for both tax and non-tax supported operations. Tax-supported utilities expenditures related to the General Fund departments are budgeted in the Utilities NDA, while utilities expenditures related to special fund departments are budgeted in those funds. Some of these special funds, such as Recreation and portions of the Department of Transportation, are tax supported. Other special funds, such as Solid Waste, are not supported by taxes, but through user fees or charges for services.

Utilities expenditures are also found in the budgets of other County agencies: Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), Montgomery College, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). The total budget request for these outside agencies is $71,903,356 which includes the entire bi-county area of WSSC.

The FY19 Recommended tax supported budget for Utilities Management, including both the General Fund NDA ($26,552,746) and the other tax supported funds ($3,758,445), is $30,311,191, an increase of $339,100 or approximately 1.1 percent above the FY18 Approved utilities budget. The FY19 Recommended Budget for non-tax supported utilities expenditures is $5,143,533, a decrease of $127,359 or approximately 2.4 percent from the FY18 Approved Budget.

Increased utilities expenditures result primarily from greater consumption due to new facilities or services, increased rates, and in some cases a more precise alignment of budgeted costs with actual prior year expenditures by utility type. Energy conservation and cost-saving measures (e.g., new building design, lighting technology, energy, and HVAC management systems) help offset increased utility consumption or unit costs.

Unleaded gasoline, diesel, and compressed natural gas fuels are purchased from various providers, and are budgeted in the Department of General Services, Division of Fleet Management Services; not the General Fund Utilities NDA. The Interagency Committee on Energy and Utilities Management (ICEUM) also monitors changes in energy costs in the current year and will recommend appropriate changes, if necessary, prior to final Council approval of the FY19 Budget.

The following is a description of utility service requirements for departments which receive tax or non-tax supported appropriations for utilities expenditures. The utilities expenditures for the non-tax supported operations are appropriated within their respective operating funds but are described in the combined utilities presentation for reader convenience.

Department of General Services

The Department of General Services is responsible for managing all utilities for general County operations including all County office buildings, police stations, libraries, health and human services facilities, correctional facilities, maintenance buildings, and warehouses.

Department of Transportation
The Department of Transportation manages all County streetlights, traffic signals, traffic count stations, and flashing school signs. The utilities expenditures for these devices are budgeted here as this Department designs, installs, controls, and maintains them. In addition, minimal utility costs for the Operations Center and Highway Maintenance Depots are budgeted in the Traffic Engineering component of the General Fund NDA.

Division of Transit Services - Mass Transit
The Department of Transportation Mass Transit Facilities Fund supports all utilities associated with the Ride On transit centers and Park and Ride Lots.

Department of Recreation
The Department of Recreation funds all utility costs for its recreational facilities located throughout the County, such as swimming pools, community recreation centers, and senior centers.

Urban Districts
Urban District utilities are supported by Urban District Funds, which are included in the operating budget for Regional Services Centers.

Fleet Management Services

The Department of General Services - Fleet Management Services utility expenditures are displayed in the Special Fund Agencies - Non-Tax Supported section, to reflect that Fleet Management Services expenditures are not appropriated directly but in the budgets of other departments.

The Department of General Services - Fleet Management Services Motor Pool Internal Service Fund supports all utilities associated with the vehicle maintenance garages in Rockville, Silver Spring, and Gaithersburg. Fuel for the County's fleet is also budgeted in that special fund, but these costs are not included in the utilities expenditures displayed in this section.

Parking Districts
The Parking Districts fund utility expenditures associated with the operation of all County-owned parking garages and parking lots.

Liquor Control
The Department of Liquor Control funds utility expenditures associated with the operation of the liquor warehouse, administrative offices, and the County operated retail liquor stores.

Department of Environmental Protection, Solid Waste Services
Solid Waste Services funds utility expenditures associated with the operation of the County's Solid Waste Management System. Utilities expenditures associated with the operation of the Oaks Sanitary Landfill maintenance building, the County's Recycling Center, the Resource Recovery Facility, and most of the Solid Waste Transfer Station are currently the responsibility of the operators. Only the site office and maintenance depot costs continue to be budgeted as an identifiable utilities expenditure in the Solid Waste Disposal Fund.

Other Agencies
Utilities for MCPS, Montgomery College, WSSC (bi-county), and M-NCPPC are displayed in the charts on the following pages. These are the amounts requested in the budgets of those agencies.

Linkage to County Result Areas

While this program area supports all eight of the County Result Areas, the following are emphasized:

  • An Effective and Efficient Transportation Network
  • Safe Streets and Secure Neighborhoods

Budget Trends
Program Contacts

Contact Angela Dizelos of the Department of General Services/Utilities Management at 240.777.6028 or Bruce Meier of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2785 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
County General Fund Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Operating Expenses25603043.0026235645.00 25835645.00 26552746.001.2
County General Fund Expenditures25603043.0026235645.00 25835645.00 26552746.001.2
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FY19 Recommended Changes
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY19 Increase due to unit costs and consumption changes [Utilities]7071010.00
Decrease Cost: Savings from Energy Conservation CIP projects [Utilities]-400000.00
Decrease Cost: Oaks Landfill Solar Savings [Utilities]-1500000.00
Decrease Cost: Utility Budget Rate, Commodity, and Consumption Savings [Utilities]-2000000.00
FY19 RECOMMENDED265527460.00
Future Fiscal Impacts ($000s)
FY19 Recommended26553.00000026553.00000026553.00000026553.00000026553.00000026553.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Subtotal Expenditures26553.00000026553.00000026553.00000026553.00000026553.00000026553.000000
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