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Mission Statement

Urban Districts support and enhance the County's unincorporated downtowns (Bethesda, Silver Spring, and Wheaton) as prosperous, livable urban centers by maintaining streetscape and its investments; providing additional public amenities such as plantings, seating, shelters, and works of art; promoting the commercial and residential interests of these areas; and programming cultural and community activities.

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Budget Overview

The total approved FY20 Operating Budget for the Urban Districts is $9,110,898, a decrease of $45,507 or 0.50 percent from the FY19 Approved Budget of $9,156,405. Personnel Costs comprise 46.30 percent of the budget for 60 full-time position(s) and one part-time position(s), and a total of 58.60 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 53.70 percent of the FY20 budget.

County Priority Outcomes

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

  • Thriving Youth and Families
  • A Greener County
  • Effective, Sustainable Government
  • Safe Neighborhoods
  • A Growing Economy

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Department Performance Measures

Performance measures for this department are included below (where applicable), with multi-program measures displayed at the front of this section and program-specific measures shown with the relevant program. The FY19 estimates reflect funding based on the FY19 approved budget. The FY20 and FY21 figures are performance targets based on the FY20 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY21.

MeasureActual
FY17
Actual
FY18
Estimated
FY19
Target
FY20
Target
FY21
BETHESDA URBAN DISTRICT - Overall satisfaction of Urban Districts Advisory Board with the "value added" of the UD Hospitality team (scale 1-5)4.24.94.94.94.9
SILVER SPRING URBAN DISTRICT - Overall satisfaction of Urban Districts Advisory Board with the "value added" of the UD Hospitality team (scale 1-5)4.34.254.34.34.3
WHEATON URBAN DISTRICT - Overall satisfaction of Urban Districts Advisory Board with the "value added" of the UD Hospitality team (scale 1-5) 14.54.54.54.54.5
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Accomplishments

  • Bethesda Urban District (BUD) worked with the Department of Permitting Services and the Department of Transportation (DOT) to coordinate the review of traffic management plans for new development, and improve communication with developers and the public over the impact during construction of the Marriott International Headquarters.

  • Supported events on Veterans Plaza in the Silver Spring Urban District (SSUD) by coordinating set-up prior to each event and clearing the venue following each event.
  • Wheaton Urban District (WUD) participated and supported a feasibility study for a Wheaton Arts/Cultural Facility, working with the Department of General Services (DGS), external consultants, and a stakeholder group of artists, businesses, and residents. The process included focus groups, town halls, community survey, numerous one-on-one interviews, benchmarking of other arts facilities, and a market analysis.
  • As a result of an increase in pedestrian fatalities in and near Wheaton, WUD partnered with DOT, the Montgomery County Department of Police, Maryland State Highway Administration (MSHA), Public Information Office, and CountyStat for a pedestrian education and enforcement campaign that engaged residents, businesses, Westfield Mall, and various community groups. WUD continues to work with MSHA and DOT on re-engineering strategies in the Wheaton downtown area.

Program Descriptions

  Promotion of Community and Business Activities

This program enhances the quality of life in the Urban Districts and surrounding communities; fosters a strong, vibrant business climate within each Urban District; and creates a positive image and a sense of identity for the Districts. These goals are accomplished through sponsorship of community events that may include festivals,...

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  Sidewalk Repair

This program provides for the removal and replacement of deteriorated concrete and brick walks and curbs in the Urban Districts....

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  Streetscape Maintenance

This program provides maintenance of, and improvement to, the streetscape amenities within each Urban District. Various service levels include litter collection, sidewalk maintenance, trash receptacle service at least three times a week, mowing and snow removal as needed, lighting maintenance, maintenance of planted/landscaped areas, and street sweeping....

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  Tree Maintenance

This program provides pruning, planting, fertilization, necessary spraying, replacement, watering, mulching, and tree base cleaning in the Urban Districts....

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  Enhanced Security

This program provides safeguards against property theft, vandalism, and personal security in the Silver Spring and Wheaton Urban Districts. The goal of the program is to provide an enhanced level of protection and reduce the perception of crime through the use of the Safe Team as the eyes and ears...

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  Administration

This program provides staff support for contract administration, the Urban District Advisory Committees, and for the administration of Urban District corporations. This program also provides for budget preparation and monitoring, payment authorization, records maintenance, and the Bethesda Circulator contract....

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Program Contacts

Contact Ken Hartman of the Urban Districts at 240.777.8206 or Lindsay Lucas of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2766 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY18
Budget
FY19
Estimate
FY19
Approved
FY20
%Chg
Bud/App
URBAN DISTRICT - BETHESDA
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages36936.0082729.00 75208.00 79274.00-4.2
Employee Benefits39462.0047113.00 51859.00 25699.00-45.5
Urban District - Bethesda Personnel Costs76398.00129842.00 127067.00 104973.00-19.2
Operating Expenses3037686.003184063.00 3174833.00 3196162.000.4
Urban District - Bethesda Expenditures3114084.003313905.00 3301900.00 3301135.00-0.4
PERSONNEL
Full-Time1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
REVENUES
Optional Method Development184576.00189877.00 189877.00 194567.002.5
Property Tax663674.00717614.00 704078.00 728825.001.6
Urban District - Bethesda Revenues848250.00907491.00 893955.00 923392.001.8
 
URBAN DISTRICT - SILVER SPRING
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages1681069.001739256.00 1721265.00 1785339.002.7
Employee Benefits725108.00773446.00 738559.00 825242.006.7
Urban District - Silver Spring Personnel Costs2406177.002512702.00 2459824.00 2610581.003.9
Operating Expenses1006121.001340728.00 1340728.00 1117190.00-16.7
Urban District - Silver Spring Expenditures3412298.003853430.00 3800552.00 3727771.00-3.3
PERSONNEL
Full-Time37.0037.00 37.00 37.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs34.9034.90 34.90 34.900.0
REVENUES
Optional Method Development158212.00150000.00 150000.00 150000.000.0
Property Tax791407.00931139.00 968997.00 1003131.007.7
Urban District - Silver Spring Revenues949619.001081139.00 1118997.00 1153131.006.7
 
URBAN DISTRICT - WHEATON
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages1040316.001044785.00 1014449.00 1060322.001.5
Employee Benefits399040.00425190.00 425192.00 442074.004.0
Urban District - Wheaton Personnel Costs1439356.001469975.00 1439641.00 1502396.002.2
Operating Expenses458528.00519095.00 519095.00 579596.0011.7
Urban District - Wheaton Expenditures1897884.001989070.00 1958736.00 2081992.004.7
PERSONNEL
Full-Time22.0022.00 22.00 22.000.0
Part-Time1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
FTEs22.7022.70 22.70 22.700.0
REVENUES
Investment Income0.007250.00 0.00 0.00-100.0
Property Tax206184.00237229.00 252372.00 261217.0010.1
Urban District - Wheaton Revenues206184.00244479.00 252372.00 261217.006.8
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures8424266.009156405.00 9061188.00 9110898.00-0.5
Total Full-Time Positions60.0060.00 60.00 60.000.0
Total Part-Time Positions1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
Total FTEs58.6058.60 58.60 58.600.0
Total Revenues2004053.002233109.00 2265324.00 2337740.004.7
FY20 Approved Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
URBAN DISTRICT - BETHESDA
FY19 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION33139051.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Risk Management Adjustment620510.00
Increase Cost: FY20 Compensation Adjustment43110.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment20720.00
Decrease Cost: Streetscape Maintenance [Streetscape Maintenance]-20240.00
Decrease Cost: Annualization of FY19 Personnel Costs-291800.00
Decrease Cost: Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY19-500000.00
FY20 APPROVED33011351.00
 
URBAN DISTRICT - SILVER SPRING
FY19 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION385343034.90
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY20 Compensation Adjustment856310.00
Increase Cost: Risk Management Adjustment754660.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY19 Personnel Costs345550.00
Increase Cost: Retirement Adjustment36830.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment9960.00
Decrease Cost: Lapse Equipment Operator Position [Administration]-259900.00
Decrease Cost: Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY19-3000000.00
FY20 APPROVED372777134.90
 
URBAN DISTRICT - WHEATON
FY19 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION198907022.70
Changes (with service impacts)
Reduce: Street Maintenance - Seasonal Flowers [Streetscape Maintenance]-71510.00
Reduce: TGIF Concert Series [Promotion of Community and Business Activities]-100000.00
Reduce: Lapse Public Service Worker Positon-438620.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY20 Compensation Adjustment540160.00
Increase Cost: Risk Management Adjustment353530.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment310940.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY19 Personnel Costs199360.00
Increase Cost: Event Planning - Permits112050.00
Increase Cost: Retirement Adjustment23310.00
FY20 APPROVED208199222.70
Program Summary
Program NameFY19 APPR
Expenditures
FY19 APPR
FTEs
FY20 APPR
Expenditures
FY20 APPR
FTEs
Promotion of Community and Business Activities358241830.95376779631.95
Sidewalk Repair4439690.001439690.00
Streetscape Maintenance18611140.0018489390.00
Tree Maintenance1238850.001238850.00
Enhanced Security122808818.35128790417.35
Administration19169319.3019384059.30
Total915640558.60911089858.60
Charges to Other Departments
Charged DepartmentCharged FundFY19
Total$
FY19
FTES
FY20
Total$
FY20
FTES
URBAN DISTRICT - SILVER SPRING
Parking District ServicesSilver Spring Parking00.001652303.00
Future Fiscal Impacts ($000s)
TitleFY20FY21FY22FY23FY24FY25
URBAN DISTRICT - BETHESDA
EXPENDITURES
FY20 Approved3301.0000003301.0000003301.0000003301.0000003301.0000003301.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Labor Contracts0.0000003.0000003.0000003.0000003.0000003.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures3301.0000003304.0000003304.0000003304.0000003304.0000003304.000000
 
URBAN DISTRICT - SILVER SPRING
EXPENDITURES
FY20 Approved3728.0000003728.0000003728.0000003728.0000003728.0000003728.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Restore One-Time Lapse Increase0.00000026.00000026.00000026.00000026.00000026.000000
Restoration of one-time lapse adjustment in the budget development year
Labor Contracts0.00000034.00000034.00000034.00000034.00000034.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures3728.0000003789.0000003789.0000003789.0000003789.0000003789.000000
 
URBAN DISTRICT - WHEATON
EXPENDITURES
FY20 Approved2082.0000002082.0000002082.0000002082.0000002082.0000002082.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY200.00000017.00000017.00000017.00000017.00000017.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY20, including (fill in major item names based on your Competition List), will be eliminated from the base in the outyears.
Restore One-Time Lapse Increase0.00000044.00000044.00000044.00000044.00000044.000000
Restoration of one-time lapse adjustment in the budget development year
Labor Contracts0.00000023.00000023.00000023.00000023.00000023.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures2082.0000002166.0000002166.0000002166.0000002166.0000002166.000000