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Contact Ken Hartman of the Urban Districts at 240.777.8206 or Corey Orlosky of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2762 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Mission Statement

Urban Districts maintain and enhance the County's downtowns (Bethesda, Silver Spring, and Wheaton) as prosperous, livable urban centers by increasing maintenance of the streetscape and its amenities; 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.

Budget Overview

The total approved FY18 Operating Budget for the Urban Districts is $8,690,049, a decrease of $51,613 or 0.59 percent from the FY17 Approved Budget of $8,741,662. Personnel Costs comprise 46.56 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 53.44 percent of the FY18 budget.

Linkage to County Result Areas

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

  • 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

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 FY17 estimates reflect funding based on the FY17 approved budget. The FY18 and FY19 figures are performance targets based on the FY18 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY19.

MeasureActual
FY15
Actual
FY16
Estimated
FY17
Target
FY18
Target
FY19
Multi-Program Measures
BETHESDA URBAN DISTRICT - Overall satisfaction of Urban Districts Advisory Board with the "value added" of the UD Hospitality team (scale 1-5)4.54.84.84.84.8
SILVER SPRING URBAN DISTRICT - Overall satisfaction of Urban Districts Advisory Board with the "value added" of the UD Hospitality team (scale 1-5)3.94.14.04.04.0
WHEATON URBAN DISTRICT - Overall satisfaction of Urban Districts Advisory Board with the "value added" of the UD Hospitality team (scale 1-5)3.33.94.04.04.0

Accomplishments

  • Launched a new series of sculptures throughout downtown Bethesda to brand the Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District.
  • Unveiled the second installment of the "Paint the Town" mural project in Bethesda focused on the plaza area and bus bay at 3 Bethesda Metro Center.
  • Supported over 75 events on Veterans Plaza in the Silver Spring Urban District (SSUD), including the Silver Spring Jazz Festival, Thanksgiving Parade, the Taste the World in Fenton Village, and the Summer Concert series.
  • Recycled over five tons of material (plastic, glass and aluminum bottles and cans) in the SSUD and delivered it to the Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station.
  • Received the "Green Community Award" presented by Green Wheaton in recognition of the efforts of the Wheaton Urban District (WUD) Clean and Safe Team.
  • Awarded Arts & Entertainment District Designation from the Maryland State Arts Council for Wheaton in the WUD, including approval for expansion of the district boundaries to include the new Wheaton Library/Recreation Center and Westfield Wheaton Mall.
  • Removed seven tons of recyclables from the waste stream and replaced 35 street trees in the WUD.

Initiatives

  • Create a sustained marketing campaign in the Fenton Village portion of the Silver Spring Urban District to counter the impact of construction and redevelopment projects on the Fenton Village business community.

Collaboration and Partnerships

Wheaton Clock Tower

Refreshed the Wheaton Clock Tower thanks to students from Arts on the Block and a grant from the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, as part of the Wheaton Cultural Grants.

Partners

Non-Profits

 

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, concerts, and parades; the installation of seasonal banners, unique signs, holiday decorations, and other amenities to give each District a sense of place; and the development and distribution of newsletters, brochures, and other promotional material highlighting the Districts. Each Urban District develops its programs with the active participation of its advisory committee or Urban District Corporation.

Program Performance MeasuresActual
FY15
Actual
FY16
Estimated
FY17
Target
FY18
Target
FY19
BETHESDA URBAN DISTRICT - Overall satisfaction of Urban Districts Advisory Board with urban district's marketing and promotion (scale 1-5)5.05.05.05.05.0
BETHESDA URBAN DISTRICT - Average number of website sessions per month30,00032,00035,00038,00040,000
BETHESDA URBAN DISTRICT - Number of social media followers8,5009,90011,00012,50014,000
SILVER SPRING URBAN DISTRICT - Overall satisfaction of Urban Districts Advisory Board with urban district's marketing and promotion (scale 1-5)3.73.64.04.04.0
SILVER SPRING URBAN DISTRICT - Average number of website sessions per month98,000100,000110,000120,000130,000
SILVER SPRING URBAN DISTRICT - Number of social media followers2,5005,0005,5006,0006,500
WHEATON URBAN DISTRICT - Overall satisfaction of Urban Districts Advisory Board with urban district's marketing and promotion (scale 1-5)2.82.83.03.54.0
WHEATON URBAN DISTRICT - Average number of website sessions per month15,50023,00025,00027,00029,000
WHEATON URBAN DISTRICT - Number of social media followers2,3582,0722,5003,0003,500

  Sidewalk Repair

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

  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.

Program Performance MeasuresActual
FY15
Actual
FY16
Estimated
FY17
Target
FY18
Target
FY19
BETHESDA URBAN DISTRICT - Overall satisfaction of Urban Districts Advisory Board with cleanliness levels of Urban District maintained (scale 1-5)5.05.05.05.05.0
SILVER SPRING URBAN DISTRICT - Overall satisfaction of Urban Districts Advisory Board with cleanliness levels of Urban District maintained (scale 1-5)3.93.84.04.04.0
WHEATON URBAN DISTRICT - Overall satisfaction of Urban Districts Advisory Board with cleanliness levels of Urban District maintained (scale 1-5)3.04.04.04.04.0

  Tree Maintenance

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

Program Performance MeasuresActual
FY15
Actual
FY16
Estimated
FY17
Target
FY18
Target
FY19
BETHESDA URBAN DISTRICT - Overall satisfaction of Urban Districts Advisory Board with urban district's landscape maintenance (scale 1-5)5.05.05.05.05.0
SILVER SPRING URBAN DISTRICT - Overall satisfaction of Urban Districts Advisory Board with urban district's landscape maintenance (scale 1-5)3.63.74.04.04.0
WHEATON URBAN DISTRICT - Overall satisfaction of Urban Districts Advisory Board with urban district's landscape maintenance (scale 1-5)3.53.84.04.04.0

  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 of County Police and as a uniformed visual presence to create a safe and secure environment. Safe Team members also act as "ambassadors" providing information, directions, first aid and CPR, and roadside assistance to residents, visitors, and the business community.

  Administration

This program provides staff support for contract administration, 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.

Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY16
Budget
FY17
Estimate
FY17
Approved
FY18
%Chg
Bud/App
URBAN DISTRICT - BETHESDA
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages79699.0088059.00 79103.00 88706.000.7
Employee Benefits47261.0047109.00 45288.00 50010.006.2
Urban District - Bethesda Personnel Costs126960.00135168.00 124391.00 138716.002.6
Operating Expenses2956154.003049624.00 3049624.00 3036227.00-0.4
Urban District - Bethesda Expenditures3083114.003184792.00 3174015.00 3174943.00-0.3
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 Development150134.00189877.00 189877.00 189877.000.0
Property Tax581347.00564836.00 606207.00 632520.0012.0
Urban District - Bethesda Revenues731481.00754713.00 796084.00 822397.009.0
 
URBAN DISTRICT - SILVER SPRING
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages1605477.001669706.00 1673498.00 1689047.001.2
Employee Benefits639348.00739605.00 737162.00 744707.000.7
Urban District - Silver Spring Personnel Costs2244825.002409311.00 2410660.00 2433754.001.0
Operating Expenses888811.001042536.00 1037536.00 1064918.002.2
Urban District - Silver Spring Expenditures3133636.003451847.00 3448196.00 3498672.001.4
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 Development209847.00150000.00 150000.00 150000.000.0
Property Tax733081.00878877.00 859564.00 897511.002.1
Urban District - Silver Spring Revenues942928.001028877.00 1009564.00 1047511.001.8
 
URBAN DISTRICT - WHEATON
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages831400.001040841.00 921462.00 1051593.001.0
Employee Benefits318037.00431608.00 361624.00 422296.00-2.2
Urban District - Wheaton Personnel Costs1149437.001472449.00 1283086.00 1473889.000.1
Operating Expenses585485.00632574.00 500549.00 542545.00-14.2
Urban District - Wheaton Expenditures1734922.002105023.00 1783635.00 2016434.00-4.2
PERSONNEL
Full-Time22.0022.00 22.00 22.000.0
Part-Time1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
FTEs22.4022.70 22.70 22.700.0
REVENUES
Investment Income280.001300.00 550.00 550.00-57.7
Property Tax196024.00207075.00 208616.00 217506.005.0
Urban District - Wheaton Revenues196304.00208375.00 209166.00 218056.004.6
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures7951672.008741662.00 8405846.00 8690049.00-0.6
Total Full-Time Positions60.0060.00 60.00 60.000.0
Total Part-Time Positions1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
Total FTEs58.3058.60 58.60 58.600.0
Total Revenues1870713.001991965.00 2014814.00 2087964.004.8
FY18 Approved Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
URBAN DISTRICT - BETHESDA
FY17 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION31847921.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY17 Personnel Costs145370.00
Increase Cost: Retirement Adjustment24740.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment21790.00
Increase Cost: FY18 Compensation Adjustment17310.00
Decrease Cost: Annualization of FY17 Compensation Increases-6050.00
Decrease Cost: Printing and Mail [Administration]-28980.00
Decrease Cost: Risk Management Adjustment [Administration]-272670.00
FY18 APPROVED31749431.00
 
URBAN DISTRICT - SILVER SPRING
FY17 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION345184734.90
Changes (with service impacts)
Add: Fenton Village Business Marketing [Promotion of Community and Business Activities]150000.00
Reduce: Lapse Work Force Leader I [Enhanced Security]-104930.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY18 Compensation Adjustment551450.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment [Administration]190110.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY17 Compensation Increases185870.00
Increase Cost: Retirement Adjustment49760.00
Decrease Cost: Risk Management Adjustment [Administration]-116290.00
Decrease Cost: Annualization of FY17 Personnel Costs-437720.00
FY18 APPROVED349867234.90
 
URBAN DISTRICT - WHEATON
FY17 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION210502322.70
Changes (with service impacts)
Reduce: Lapse Public Service Worker II [Streetscape Maintenance]-419500.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY18 Compensation Adjustment350070.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY17 Compensation Increases115830.00
Increase Cost: Retirement Adjustment13690.00
Decrease Cost: Risk Management Adjustment [Administration]-39710.00
Decrease Cost: Annualization of FY17 Personnel Costs-45690.00
Decrease Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment [Administration]-860580.00
FY18 APPROVED201643422.70
Program Summary
Program NameFY17 APPR
Expenditures
FY17 APPR
FTEs
FY18 APPR
Expenditures
FY18 APPR
FTEs
Promotion of Community and Business Activities358480135.95336616131.95
Sidewalk Repair1439690.001439690.00
Streetscape Maintenance18611140.0018611140.00
Tree Maintenance1238850.001238850.00
Enhanced Security97091813.35121136617.35
Administration20569759.3019835549.30
Total874166258.60869004958.60
Charges to Other Departments
Charged DepartmentCharged FundFY17
Total$
FY17
FTES
FY18
Total$
FY18
FTES
URBAN DISTRICT - SILVER SPRING
Parking District ServicesSilver Spring Parking1652303.001652303.00
Future Fiscal Impacts ($000s)
TitleFY18FY19FY20FY21FY22FY23
URBAN DISTRICT - BETHESDA
EXPENDITURES
FY18 Approved3175.0000003175.0000003175.0000003175.0000003175.0000003175.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Labor Contracts0.0000000.0000000.0000000.0000000.0000000.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures3175.0000003175.0000003175.0000003175.0000003175.0000003175.000000
 
URBAN DISTRICT - SILVER SPRING
EXPENDITURES
FY18 Approved3499.0000003499.0000003499.0000003499.0000003499.0000003499.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Labor Contracts0.00000021.00000021.00000021.00000021.00000021.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures3499.0000003520.0000003520.0000003520.0000003520.0000003520.000000
 
URBAN DISTRICT - WHEATON
EXPENDITURES
FY18 Approved2016.0000002016.0000002016.0000002016.0000002016.0000002016.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Labor Contracts0.00000014.00000014.00000014.00000014.00000014.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures2016.0000002030.0000002030.0000002030.0000002030.0000002030.000000