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Mission Statement

The mission of the Montgomery County Government is to provide for the peace, good governance, health, safety, and welfare of the County in accordance with, and under authority of, the Constitution and laws of Maryland, and the Montgomery County Charter. To accomplish this mission, the Montgomery County Government provides: public laws and oversight through the County Council and the offices and boards of the Legislative Branch; the administration of judicial offices; and public programs, services, and infrastructure through the County Executive and departments, offices, boards, and commissions within the Executive Branch.

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Budget Overview

The total recommended FY19 Operating Budget for the County Government is $2,075,659,426, an increase of $12,937,990 or 0.6 percent from the FY18 approved budget of 2,062,721,436 (excludes debt service). The total recommended FY19 tax supported operating budget for the County Government is $1,616,984,509, a decrease of $1,531,783 or 0.1 percent from the FY18 approved tax supported budget of $1,618,516,292. The recommended FY19 tax supported operating budget for the County Government includes $125.8 million to pre-fund health benefits for retirees of the County Government, Montgomery College, and Montgomery County Public Schools. The recommended FY19 tax supported operating budget for the County Government is 0.5 percent less than the FY18 approved tax supported budget when pre-funding of retiree health benefits is excluded.

The County Government is the agency responsible for providing general services to residents. To do this, the agency is organized functionally into departments, offices, boards, and commissions which undertake all activities and operations of the government. County Government accounting information is organized by fund; this includes both tax supported and non-tax supported special funds, which either encompass an entire department or portions thereof. Detailed budget presentations on each of these organizational units and funds are displayed, organized by function, in the following sections of this document.

Spending Affordability Guidelines

In February 2018, the Council approved FY19 Spending Affordability Guidelines (SAG) of $1,509.4 million for Montgomery County Government tax supported funds, a 6.7 percent decrease from the original $1,618.5 million FY18 budget. For FY19, the Executive recommends $1,617.0 million in tax supported funds.

Government Functions

The County Government functions organize departments, offices, boards, and commissions by related activity. The functions of the Montgomery County Government are:

  • General Government
  • Public Safety
  • Transportation
  • Health and Human Services
  • Libraries, Culture, and Recreation
  • Community Development and Housing
  • Environment
  • Other County Functions

Government Funds

County government funds are typically categorized by tax supported and non-tax supported funds. Tax supported funds are financed through Countywide taxes or special tax rates assessed on a geographic area encompassing the users of the respective services. In addition to taxes, these funds are also supported by inter-governmental aid, user fees, and other resources. Non-tax supported funds include enterprise funds and grants. Enterprise funds are operations that are financed and operated in a manner similar to private enterprise. The cost of providing these functions is primarily recovered through user charges.

Budget Trends
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Program Contacts

Contact Jennifer Hughes of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2800 for more information regarding this agency's operating budget.

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