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Contact Mary Jane Berry of the County Council at 240.777.7930 or Trevor Lobaugh of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2763 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Mission Statement

The mission of the County Council is to legislate for the peace, good government, health, safety, and welfare of Montgomery County and establish policies under which a system of public administration and finance provides services effectively, efficiently, and equitably.

Budget Overview

The total approved FY18 Operating Budget for the County Council is $11,651,722, an increase of $561,104 or 5.06 percent from the FY17 Approved Budget of $11,090,618. Personnel Costs comprise 94.10 percent of the budget for 88 full-time position(s) and five part-time position(s), and a total of 83.10 FTEs. Total FTEs may include seasonal or temporary positions and may also reflect workforce charged to or from other departments or funds. Operating Expenses account for the remaining 5.90 percent of the FY18 budget.

Consistent with the County Charter, the County Executive makes recommendations on the operating budget for all County departments, offices, and agencies. However, recognizing the Charter-defined roles, the Executive defers significantly to Legislative and Judicial Branch agencies. Questions regarding the approved budgets for Legislative Branch departments should be directed to Mary Jane Berry, 240-777-7930.

Program Descriptions

  Councilmember Offices

The nine elected County Councilmembers enact all local laws, oversee zoning and planning, appropriate funding for the budgets of public agencies, establish spending affordability guidelines, set property tax rates, and meet as the County Board of Health. The Council holds regular weekly sessions and conducts public hearings and worksessions throughout the year. Each Councilmember serves on two of the following six Council Committees: Education; Health and Human Services; Government Operations and Fiscal Policy; Planning, Housing, and Economic Development; Public Safety; and Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment. Five Councilmembers are elected by district, and four are elected countywide. Councilmembers have staffs which are responsible for carrying out their work programs. The County Charter provides for a Confidential Aide for each Councilmember. Staff may consist of interns, analysts, legislative services coordinators, legislative senior aides, and other administrative personnel.

  Council Staff Operations

Council Staff Operations is responsible for four activities in support of the Council: Legislative Program, Planning, and Budget; Legislative Information Services; Office of the Clerk of the Council; and Administration.

Legislative Program, Planning, and Budget staff perform research and analysis on issues before the Council and prepare written reports and recommendations for all agenda items at Council sessions and Committee meetings. Staff also respond to requests from individual Councilmembers for research, legal advice, and data relevant to their work program. Staff draft legislation and resolutions for Council action; analyze reports, bills, plans, and budgets forwarded to the Council by the County Executive and County agencies; and advise Councilmembers on issues related to the Council work program. Personnel in this unit provide staffing for the Charter Review Commission and other groups created by the Council and represent the Council at meetings held on issues before the Council.

Legislative Information Services performs the public relations function of the Council. In order to facilitate two-way communication between the Council and County residents, staff prepare informational materials, serve as first-line telephone contact with the public, provide information about the legislative process, update the Council's website, and produce programs for the County's cable channel. Staff inform Councilmembers of the views of citizens through a correspondence control system, telephone tabulation system, and documentation of petitions. Legislative Information Services arranges for and provides notice of public hearings and assembles packets of background material for Councilmembers, the press, and the public.

The Office of the Clerk of the Council prepares and maintains all official records of the Council; attends meetings of the Council; writes minutes; processes resolutions and legislation; prepares Council and Committee agendas; arranges for both regular and special meetings; and tracks sunset, expiration, and deadline dates of legislation and regulations.

Administration performs the Council's personnel, procurement, payroll, and budgetary functions; provides supervision; manages the automation system for the legislative branch; monitors inventory and office space; coordinates program issues; and serves as the liaison between Councilmembers and program staff. The staff in this unit contribute to the Legislative Program, Planning, and Budget work program. The administrative staff also provide staff orientation, training for the automation and telephone systems, backup support for all programs, volunteer coordination, and receptionist coverage for Councilmember offices.

Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY16
Budget
FY17
Estimate
FY17
Approved
FY18
%Chg
Bud/App
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages7869376.007980121.00 8070329.00 8344282.004.6
Employee Benefits2655151.002547442.00 2542569.00 2619987.002.9
County General Fund Personnel Costs10524527.0010527563.00 10612898.00 10964269.004.1
Operating Expenses666376.00563055.00 562449.00 687453.0022.1
County General Fund Expenditures11190903.0011090618.00 11175347.00 11651722.005.1
PERSONNEL
Full-Time87.0087.00 87.00 88.001.2
Part-Time5.005.00 5.00 5.000.0
FTEs82.2082.10 82.10 83.101.2
County General Fund Revenues0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
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
Federal Grants29915.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues29915.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures11190903.0011090618.00 11175347.00 11651722.005.1
Total Full-Time Positions87.0087.00 87.00 88.001.1
Total Part-Time Positions5.005.00 5.00 5.000.0
Total FTEs82.2082.10 82.10 83.101.2
Total Revenues29915.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FY18 Approved Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
FY17 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION1109061882.10
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY18 Compensation Adjustment1579310.00
Increase Cost: Increase Cost: FY17 Mid-Year Changes1519721.00
Increase Cost: Increase Cost: Miscellaneous Operating Expenses1286000.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY17 Personnel Costs928720.00
Increase Cost: Retirement Adjustment339310.00
Decrease Cost: Printing and Mail-42020.00
FY18 APPROVED1165172283.10
Program Summary
Program NameFY17 APPR
Expenditures
FY17 APPR
FTEs
FY18 APPR
Expenditures
FY18 APPR
FTEs
Councilmember Offices540372347.50566275447.50
Council Staff Operations568689534.60598896835.60
Total1109061882.101165172283.10
Charges to Other Departments
Charged DepartmentCharged FundFY17
Total$
FY17
FTES
FY18
Total$
FY18
FTES
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
NDA - Legislative Branch Communications OutreachGeneral Fund1961772.002179932.00
Cable Television Communications PlanCable TV5893415.306292215.30
Total7855187.308472147.30
Future Fiscal Impacts ($000s)
TitleFY18FY19FY20FY21FY22FY23
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY18 Approved11652.00000011652.00000011652.00000011652.00000011652.00000011652.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Labor Contracts0.00000052.00000052.00000052.00000052.00000052.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures11652.00000011704.00000011704.00000011704.00000011704.00000011704.000000