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Mission Statement

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) in Montgomery County manages physical growth and plans communities; protects and stewards natural, cultural, and historical resources; and provides leisure and recreational experiences.

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Budget Overview

The M-NCPPC was established by the General Assembly of Maryland in 1927. As a bi-county agency, the Commission is a corporate body of, and an agency created by, the State of Maryland. The Commission operates in each county through a Planning Board and, in Montgomery County, a Park Commission. Five board members, appointed by the County Council, serve as the Montgomery County members of the Commission. The Planning Board exercises policy oversight to the Commissioners' Office, the Department of Parks, the Planning Department, and Central Administrative Services.

On January 15 each year, M-NCPPC submits to the County Council and the County Executive the M-NCPPC proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. That document is a statement of mission and goals, justification of resources requested, description of work items accomplished in the prior fiscal year, and a source of important statistical and historical data. The M-NCPPC proposed budget can be obtained by contacting the M-NCPPC Budget Office at 301.454.1731 or visiting the Commission's website at www.mncppc.org. Summary data only are included in this presentation.

Tax Supported Funds
The M-NCPPC tax supported Operating Budget consists of the Administration Fund, the Park Fund, and the Advance Land Acquisition (ALA) Debt Service Fund. The Administration Fund supports the Commissioners' Office, the Montgomery County funded portion of the Central Administrative Services (CAS) offices, and the Planning Department. The Administration Fund is supported by the Regional District Tax, which includes Montgomery County, less the municipalities of Barnesville, Brookeville, Gaithersburg, Laytonsville, Poolesville, Rockville, and Washington Grove.

The Park Fund supports the activities of the Department of Parks and Park Debt Service. The Park Fund is supported by the Metropolitan District Tax, whose taxing area is identical to the Regional District.


The Advance Land Acquisition (ALA) Debt Service Fund supports the payment of debt service on bonds issued to purchase land for a variety of public purposes. The Advance Land Acquisition Debt Service Fund has a countywide taxing area.


Non-Tax Supported Funds
There are three non-tax supported funds within the M-NCPPC that are financed and operated in a manner similar to private enterprise. These self-supporting operations are the Enterprise Fund, the Property Management Fund, and the Special Revenue Fund.

Grants are extracted from the tax supported portion of the fund displays and displayed in the Grant Fund. The Grant Fund, as displayed, consists of grants from the Park and Administration Funds.


Special Revenue Funds are used to account for the proceeds from specific revenue sources that are legally restricted to expenditures for specific purposes. The budgets are associated with Planning and Parks operations throughout the Commission.


Spending Affordability Guidelines
In February 2018, the Council approved FY19 Spending Affordability Guidelines (SAG) of $124,700,000 for the tax supported Administration and Park funds of the M-NCPPC, which is a 3.2 percent increase from the $120,800,000 approved FY18 SAG. For FY19, the Commission has requested $130,487,762, excluding debt service and retiree health insurance prefunding, $5,787,762 above the total SAG amount of $124,700,000.

Commissioners' Office
The Commissioners' Office supports the five Planning Board members and enhances communication among the Planning Board, County Council, County residents, other governmental agencies, and other Commission departments.

Planning Department
The Planning Department provides information, analysis, recommendations, and other staffing services to the Montgomery County Planning Board, the County Council, the County Executive, other governmental agencies, and the general public. The Department prepares master and sector plans for Planning Board review and approval by the County Council. The Department reviews development applications for conformance with existing laws, regulations, master plans and policies, and presents its recommendations to the Planning Board for action. The Department gathers, analyzes, and reports various data (such as housing, employment, population growth, and other topics of interest) to the County Council, County government, other agencies, the business community, and the public.

Central Administrative Services
The mission of Central Administrative Services (CAS) is to provide quality corporate services in the areas of corporate governance, human resources, finance and budget, legal counsel, information technology, and internal audit. CAS strives to deliver these services with integrity, innovation, responsiveness, and excellent customer service to the Commission, its employees, elected and appointed officials, and the communities served in the bi-county region. The level of services and therefore funding allocation by county is tailored to the agency and the individual department needs. Certain functions are allocated based on labor distribution or a cost driver such as number of employees paid. Some functions, such as the Merit System Board, are funded evenly by both counties.

Department of Parks
The Department of Parks provides recommendations, information, analysis, and services to the Montgomery County Planning Board (which also serve as the Park Commission), the County Council, the County Executive, other government agencies, and the general public. The Department also oversees the acquisition, development, and management of a nationally recognized, award winning park system providing County residents with open space for recreational opportunities and natural resources stewardship. The Department oversees a comprehensive park system of over 36,000 acres in 419 parks of different sizes, types, and functions that feature Stream Valley and Conservation Parks, Regional and Special Parks, Recreational Parks, and Local and Community Parks. The Department serves County residents as the primary provider of open space for recreational opportunities and security and maintenance of the park system.

Debt Service - Park Fund
Park Debt Service pays principal and interest on the Commission's acquisition and development bonds. The proceeds of these bonds are used to fund the Local Parks portion of the M-NCPPC Capital Improvements Program.

Debt Service - Advance Land Acquisition Debt Service Fund and Revolving Fund
The Advance Land Acquisition Debt Service Fund pays principal and interest on the Commission's Advance Land Acquisition bonds. The proceeds of the Advance Land Acquisition bonds support the Advanced Land Acquisition Revolving Fund (ALARF). ALARF activities include the acquisition of land needed for State highways, streets, roads, school sites, and other public uses. The Commission may only purchase land through the ALARF at the request of another government agency, with the approval of the Montgomery County Council.

Enterprise Fund
The Enterprise Fund accounts for various park facilities and services which are entirely supported by user fees. Recreational activities include: ice rinks, indoor tennis, event centers, boating, camping, trains, carousel, mini-golf, driving range, and sports pavilion. Operating profits are reinvested in new or existing public revenue-producing facilities through the operating budget and Capital Improvements Program.

Property Management Fund
The Property Management Fund manages leased facilities located on parkland throughout the County, including single family houses, apartment units, businesses, farmland, and facilities that house County programs.


County Executive Recommendations

The County Executive recommends a FY19 tax supported appropriation of $126,880,311 for M-NCPPC. This represents an increase of 0.8 percent above the FY18 Approved Budget for tax supported funds, excluding debt service.

Park Fund
The County Executive recommends funding of $95,912,384, excluding debt service. This recommendation represents an $810,814 or 0.9 percent increase from the FY18 Approved Budget. The Executive recommends $6,521,285 for the Park Fund Debt Service budget, an increase of $1,010,075 or 18.3 percent from the FY18 Approved Budget of $5,511,210.

The Executive recommends a transfer of $100,000 from the Cable Fund to the Park Fund for Wifi in the Parks. This sustains the FY18 funding level for this initiative.

The Executive recommends $3,344,909 in intergovernmental revenues from the Water Quality Protection Fund to support the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) Phase II Permit mandates and water quality activities. This recommendation fully funds the Park Department's revised funding request and represents an increase of 8.44 percent over the FY18 Approved Budget of $3,087,641.

Administration Fund
The County Executive recommends funding of $30,967,927. This represents a $189,186 or 0.6 percent increase from the FY18 Approved Budget.

The Executive recommends a transfer of $300,000 to the Special Revenue Fund to cover Development Review costs. The recommended transfer is $200,000 below the Commission's request. This reduction reflects an agreement reached with M-NCPPC during FY19 budget discussions.

The Executive concurs with the M-NCPPC request for $391,700 in intergovernmental revenues from the Water Quality Protection Fund to support NPDES MS4 permit and water quality activities.

ALA Debt Service Fund
The County Executive concurs with the M-NCPPC request for funding of $152,850. This represents a $2,700 or 1.7 percent decrease from the FY18 Approved Budget of $155,550.

Enterprise Fund
The County Executive concurs with the M-NCPPC request for funding of $9,777,775. This represents an $479,978 or 5.2 percent increase from the FY18 Approved Budget of $9,297,797.

Property Management Fund
The County Executive concurs with the M-NCPPC request for funding of $1,532,800. This represents a $221,700 or 16.9 percent increase from the FY18 Approved Budget of $1,311,100.

Special Revenue Fund
The County Executive concurs with the M-NCPPC request for funding of $6,519,833. This represents an $885,208 or 15.7 percent increase from the FY18 Approved Budget of $5,634,625.

The Executive concurs with the M-NCPPC request to transfer $916,700 from the General Fund to cover costs associated with the maintenance of Montgomery County Public Schools' ballfields. This represents an increase of $26,000 or 2.92 percent from the FY18 Approved Budget of $890,700. This increase is in addition to the Executive's recommended $250,000 increase to the FY19 Capital Improvements Program Ballfields Initiative (P008720) using Community Use of Public Facilities funds.

Grant Fund
The County Executive concurs with the M-NCPPC request for funding of $550,000. This maintains the level of support in the FY18 Approved Budget.

In addition, this agency's Capital Improvements Program (CIP) requires Current Revenue funding.

Linkage to County Result Areas

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

  • Affordable Housing in an Inclusive Community
  • Children Prepared to Live and Learn
  • An Effective and Efficient Transportation Network
  • Healthy and Sustainable Neighborhoods
  • A Responsive, Accountable County Government
  • Safe Streets and Secure Neighborhoods
  • Strong and Vibrant Economy
  • Vital Living for All of Our Residents

Budget Trends
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Program Contacts

Contact John Kroll of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission at 301.454.1731 or Jennifer Nordin of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2779 for more information regarding this agency's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY17
Budget
FY18
Estimate
FY18
Recommended
FY19
%Chg
Bud/Rec
ADMINISTRATION FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Administration Fund Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Operating Expenses27325322.0030778741.00 30465150.00 30967927.000.6
Administration Fund Expenditures27325322.0030778741.00 30465150.00 30967927.000.6
PERSONNEL
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs182.74183.59 183.59 186.111.4
REVENUES
Intergovernmental395208.00420300.00 420300.00 391700.00-6.8
Investment Income106457.0070000.00 70000.00 100000.0042.9
Miscellaneous6854.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Property Tax27326044.0028944760.00 28870773.00 27343775.00-5.5
User Fees395509.00163400.00 163400.00 204200.0025.0
Administration Fund Revenues28230072.0029598460.00 29524473.00 28039675.00-5.3
 
PARK FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Park Fund Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Operating Expenses88979386.0095101570.00 93298285.00 95912384.000.9
Debt Service Other4838893.005511210.00 5511210.00 6521285.0018.3
Park Fund Expenditures93818279.00100612780.00 98809495.00 102433669.001.8
PERSONNEL
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs706.60731.30 731.30 737.000.8
REVENUES
Facility User Fees2710876.002800643.00 2800643.00 2947100.005.2
Intergovernmental2827413.003084641.00 3084641.00 3344909.008.4
Investment Income46240.005000.00 5000.00 40000.00700.0
Investment Income: CIP22169.0015000.00 15000.00 25000.0066.7
Miscellaneous169097.00120900.00 120900.00 117100.00-3.1
Property Tax88051405.0093229054.00 92990744.00 92548161.00-0.7
Park Fund Revenues93827200.0099255238.00 99016928.00 99022270.00-0.2
 
ALA DEBT SERVICE FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
ALA Debt Service Fund Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Debt Service Other76129.00155550.00 155550.00 152850.00-1.7
ALA Debt Service Fund Expenditures76129.00155550.00 155550.00 152850.00-1.7
PERSONNEL
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
REVENUES
Property Tax1859162.001941740.00 1939077.00 2024928.004.3
ALA Debt Service Fund Revenues1859162.001941740.00 1939077.00 2024928.004.3
 
GRANT FUND MNCPPC
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund MNCPPC Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Operating Expenses101408.00550000.00 550000.00 550000.000.0
Grant Fund MNCPPC Expenditures101408.00550000.00 550000.00 550000.000.0
PERSONNEL
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
REVENUES
Administration Fund Grants0.00150000.00 150000.00 150000.000.0
Park Fund Grants101408.00400000.00 400000.00 400000.000.0
Grant Fund MNCPPC Revenues101408.00550000.00 550000.00 550000.000.0
 
ENTERPRISE FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Enterprise Fund Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Operating Expenses8795713.009297797.00 9518687.00 9777775.005.2
Enterprise Fund Expenditures8795713.009297797.00 9518687.00 9777775.005.2
PERSONNEL
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs119.30126.70 126.70 125.40-1.0
REVENUES
Fees and Charges6171837.006643275.00 6228985.00 6337960.00-4.6
Merchandise Sales602961.00698686.00 747100.00 755600.008.1
Miscellaneous718340.000.00 697686.00 711225.000.0
Non-Operating Revenues/Interest108741.0060000.00 69600.00 110000.0083.3
Rentals3177740.003314020.00 3273527.00 3311177.00-0.1
Enterprise Fund Revenues10779619.0010715981.00 11016898.00 11225962.004.8
 
PROP MGMT MNCPPC
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Prop Mgmt MNCPPC Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Operating Expenses1267784.001311100.00 1287331.00 1532800.0016.9
Prop Mgmt MNCPPC Expenditures1267784.001311100.00 1287331.00 1532800.0016.9
PERSONNEL
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs7.007.00 7.00 7.000.0
REVENUES
Investment Income7632.004500.00 4500.00 8000.0077.8
Miscellaneous33053.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Rental Income1250934.001306600.00 1282831.00 1424800.009.0
Prop Mgmt MNCPPC Revenues1291619.001311100.00 1287331.00 1432800.009.3
 
SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Special Revenue Funds Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Operating Expenses5352881.005634625.00 5535093.00 6519833.0015.7
Special Revenue Funds Expenditures5352881.005634625.00 5535093.00 6519833.0015.7
PERSONNEL
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs29.5532.05 32.05 34.156.6
REVENUES
Intergovernmental233612.00145000.00 145000.00 360000.00148.3
Investment Income29483.0016500.00 17060.00 28000.0069.7
Miscellaneous274332.00200800.00 166000.00 149900.00-25.3
Service Charges3171408.002543770.00 2530851.00 3167430.0024.5
Special Revenue Funds Revenues3708835.002906070.00 2858911.00 3705330.0027.5
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures136737516.00148340593.00 146321306.00 151934854.002.4
Total Full-Time Positions0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Total Part-Time Positions0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Total FTEs1045.191080.64 1080.64 1089.660.8
Total Revenues139797915.00146278589.00 146193618.00 146000965.00-0.2
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