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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.

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Budget Overview

The total approved FY19 Operating Budget for the Urban Districts is $9,156,405, an increase of $466,356 or 5.37 percent from the FY18 Approved Budget of $8,690,049. Personnel Costs comprise 44.91 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 55.09 percent of the FY19 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

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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 FY18 estimates reflect funding based on the FY18 approved budget. The FY19 and FY20 figures are performance targets based on the FY19 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY20.

MeasureActual
FY16
Actual
FY17
Estimated
FY18
Target
FY19
Target
FY20
BETHESDA URBAN DISTRICT - Overall satisfaction of Urban Districts Advisory Board with the "value added" of the UD Hospitality team (scale 1-5)4.84.24.54.54.5
SILVER SPRING URBAN DISTRICT - Overall satisfaction of Urban Districts Advisory Board with the "value added" of the UD Hospitality team (scale 1-5)4.14.34.24.24.2
WHEATON URBAN DISTRICT - Overall satisfaction of Urban Districts Advisory Board with the "value added" of the UD Hospitality team (scale 1-5)3.94.54.34.34.3

Accomplishments

  • Launched, along with the Department of Parks, a new "Yappy Hour" dog park/happy hour social event to activate the Elm Street Park, through the Bethesda Urban Partnership.
  • Supported over 70 events on Veterans Plaza in the Silver Spring Urban District (SSUD) by coordinating set-up before the event and clearing the venue afterwards.
  • Established a "Cigarette Butt Litter Campaign" in the SSUD, providing cigarette smoking poles to businesses on Georgia Ave. and Fenton St. This campaign allows businesses to encourage patrons to use the smoking poles instead of cluttering the tree pits and sidewalks, saving considerable time and effort for SSUD staff.
  • Recycled over three tons of material (plastic, glass, and aluminum bottles and cans) in the SSUD and delivered it to the Shady Grove Material Recovery Facility.
  • The Maryland State Arts Council recognized the Wheaton Arts and Entertainment District in the Wheaton Urban District (WUD) with the 2017 Award for Outstanding Achievement. The award recognized Wheaton's efforts in highlighting its unique mix of artistic and cultural traditions, the establishment of new initiatives and partnerships, and its thoughtful approach to developing a strategic plan to guide Wheaton through a period of redevelopment in the coming years.
  • Established a Wheaton Public Safety Task Force in the WUD, co-chaired by the Mid-County Regional Services Center Director and the Westfield Mall General Manager, and composed of public safety, business, and civic association representatives.

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 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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Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY17
Budget
FY18
Estimate
FY18
Approved
FY19
%Chg
Bud/App
URBAN DISTRICT - BETHESDA
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages74433.0088706.00 75700.00 82729.00-6.7
Employee Benefits45019.0050010.00 50010.00 47113.00-5.8
Urban District - Bethesda Personnel Costs119452.00138716.00 125710.00 129842.00-6.4
Operating Expenses3053993.003036227.00 3036227.00 3184063.004.9
Urban District - Bethesda Expenditures3173445.003174943.00 3161937.00 3313905.004.4
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 Development177684.00189877.00 189877.00 189877.000.0
Property Tax645731.00632520.00 686972.00 717614.0013.5
Urban District - Bethesda Revenues823415.00822397.00 876849.00 907491.0010.3
 
URBAN DISTRICT - SILVER SPRING
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages1688164.001689047.00 1641049.00 1739256.003.0
Employee Benefits723653.00744707.00 744705.00 773446.003.9
Urban District - Silver Spring Personnel Costs2411817.002433754.00 2385754.00 2512702.003.2
Operating Expenses1042344.001064918.00 1054125.00 1340728.0025.9
Capital Outlay32253.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Urban District - Silver Spring Expenditures3486414.003498672.00 3439879.00 3853430.0010.1
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
Miscellaneous Revenues2980.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Optional Method Development104924.00150000.00 150000.00 150000.000.0
Property Tax793294.00897511.00 891456.00 931139.003.7
Urban District - Silver Spring Revenues901198.001047511.00 1041456.00 1081139.003.2
 
URBAN DISTRICT - WHEATON
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages926091.001051593.00 974715.00 1044785.00-0.7
Employee Benefits357445.00422296.00 397889.00 425190.000.7
Urban District - Wheaton Personnel Costs1283536.001473889.00 1372604.00 1469975.00-0.3
Operating Expenses658821.00542545.00 542545.00 519095.00-4.3
Urban District - Wheaton Expenditures1942357.002016434.00 1915149.00 1989070.00-1.4
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 Income3118.00550.00 5120.00 7250.001218.2
Property Tax195640.00217506.00 227053.00 237229.009.1
Urban District - Wheaton Revenues198758.00218056.00 232173.00 244479.0012.1
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures8602216.008690049.00 8516965.00 9156405.005.4
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 Revenues1923371.002087964.00 2150478.00 2233109.007.0
FY19 Approved Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
URBAN DISTRICT - BETHESDA
FY18 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION31749431.00
Changes (with service impacts)
Add: White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee Projects [Promotion of Community and Business Activities]1500000.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY19 Compensation Adjustment17910.00
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail4240.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY18 Personnel Costs1440.00
Increase Cost: Risk Management Adjustment1330.00
Decrease Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment-27210.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-43090.00
Decrease Cost: Turnover Savings - Program Specialist II [Administration]-65000.00
FY19 APPROVED33139051.00
 
URBAN DISTRICT - SILVER SPRING
FY18 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION349867234.90
Changes (with service impacts)
Enhance: Additional Sidewalk & Streetscape Maintenance [Sidewalk Repair]3000000.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY19 Compensation Adjustment711070.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY18 Personnel Costs208070.00
Increase Cost: Risk Management Adjustment11230.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-129660.00
Decrease Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment-253130.00
FY19 APPROVED385343034.90
 
URBAN DISTRICT - WHEATON
FY18 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION201643422.70
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY19 Compensation Adjustment441930.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY18 Personnel Costs135250.00
Decrease Cost: Risk Management Adjustment-13080.00
Decrease Cost: Carpentry - Wheaton [Administration]-18980.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-49610.00
Decrease Cost: Turnover Savings - Urban District Public Service Aide-127440.00
Decrease Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment-202440.00
Decrease Cost: Increased Lapse - Wheaton-439270.00
FY19 APPROVED198907022.70
Program Summary
Program NameFY18 APPR
Expenditures
FY18 APPR
FTEs
FY19 APPR
Expenditures
FY19 APPR
FTEs
Promotion of Community and Business Activities336616131.95358241830.95
Sidewalk Repair1439690.004439690.00
Streetscape Maintenance18611140.0018611140.00
Tree Maintenance1238850.001238850.00
Enhanced Security121136617.35122808818.35
Administration19835549.3019169319.30
Total869004958.60915640558.60
Charges to Other Departments
Charged DepartmentCharged FundFY18
Total$
FY18
FTES
FY19
Total$
FY19
FTES
URBAN DISTRICT - SILVER SPRING
Parking District ServicesSilver Spring Parking1652303.0000.00
Future Fiscal Impacts ($000s)
TitleFY19FY20FY21FY22FY23FY24
URBAN DISTRICT - BETHESDA
EXPENDITURES
FY19 Approved3314.0000003314.0000003314.0000003314.0000003314.0000003314.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY190.000000-50.000000-50.000000-50.000000-50.000000-50.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY19, including Gateway and Wayfinding Signs.
Labor Contracts0.0000001.0000001.0000001.0000001.0000001.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures3314.0000003265.0000003265.0000003265.0000003265.0000003265.000000
 
URBAN DISTRICT - SILVER SPRING
EXPENDITURES
FY19 Approved3853.0000003853.0000003853.0000003853.0000003853.0000003853.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY190.000000-300.000000-300.000000-300.000000-300.000000-300.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY19, including Additional Sidewalk & Streetscape Maintenance, will be eliminated from the base in the outyears.
Labor Contracts0.00000035.00000035.00000035.00000035.00000035.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures3853.0000003588.0000003588.0000003588.0000003588.0000003588.000000
 
URBAN DISTRICT - WHEATON
EXPENDITURES
FY19 Approved1989.0000001989.0000001989.0000001989.0000001989.0000001989.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Labor Contracts0.00000025.00000025.00000025.00000025.00000025.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures1989.0000002014.0000002014.0000002014.0000002014.0000002014.000000