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Contact Wanda Wells of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations at 240.777.6550 or Philip Weeda of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2780 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations is to represent County interests at the regional, State, and federal levels; to prepare the annual State Legislative Program; to prepare the annual Federal priorities request; and to be the liaison with State Government, and the County's State and Congressional delegations. The Office is the lead Executive Branch agency representing the County before the Maryland Association of Counties and the National Association of Counties.

Budget Overview

The total approved FY18 Operating Budget for the Office of Intergovernmental Relations is $1,156,343, an increase of $10,362 or 0.90 percent from the FY17 Approved Budget of $1,145,981. Personnel Costs comprise 74.97 percent of the budget for four full-time position(s) and one part-time position(s), and a total of 5.10 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 25.03 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:

  • 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

Department Performance Measures

Performance measures for this department are included below (where applicable). 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
Program Measures
Number of bills for which a County fiscal estimate was requested by the State Department of Legislative Services 1288352360360360
Number of formal position statements prepared 2189219205205205
Percent of State legislative package where Intergovernmental Relations position prevailed8080808080
Percent of State priorities fully realized5766606060
Total direct State aid ($ millions)715720759759759
Total State retirement payments ($ millions)165167175175175
General Assembly bills identified as of potential interest to the County and analyzed by the Office of Intergovernmental Relations 3647876768768768
1  Projections are based on the mathematical average of the prior three years' actual figures rounded to the nearest 5.
2  Projections are based on the mathematical average of the last three years' numbers rounded to the nearest 5.
3  Projections are based on the mathematical average of the last three years' actual numbers rounded to the nearest 5.

Accomplishments

  • Wynne Case - Repayment Schedule: Worked collaboratively with Finance Department and State Delegation to obtain passage of legislation that delayed the date by which the County must begin to reimburse the State an estimated $120 million for the local share of income tax refunds (from FY17 to FY20) and extended the time period for fully reimbursing the State. County reimbursement payments will now be spread over 5 fiscal years (FY20 to FY24) rather than 3 fiscal years (FY17 to FY19). This legislation also prohibited the Comptroller from requiring any reimbursement under the Wynne case until the Comptroller completed a statewide analysis to determine the number of counties and municipalities that received an overpayment or underpayment of local income taxes in prior fiscal years.

  • Capital Grants for Montgomery County Public Schools: Worked collaboratively with Montgomery County Public Schools, State Delegation and other local jurisdictions to obtain passage of legislation that increased the State allocation for the targeted supplemental grant program for jurisdictions with significant enrollment growth or relocatable classrooms from $20 million to $40 million. The County share increased from $5.9 million to $11.7 million.

  • $10 million TIGER Grant for East County Transit Initiative: Worked Collaboratively with our Congressional delegation to secure a highly competitive transportation grant that will be used toward funding a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on Route 29.
  • Purple Line: Worked cooperatively with our Congressional and State delegations and the Maryland Department of Transportation to secure $100 million in Federal transportation funding for the Purple Line in FY16.
  • Board of Elections: Worked collaboratively with the Montgomery County Board of Elections, State Board of Elections, Maryland Association of Counties (MACo), and State Delegation to obtain approval from the Board of Public Works to obtain extra voting equipment necessary that helped avoid long lines at the November general election; the State split the cost ($400,000) of the voting machines with the County.

  • Local Taxing Authority: Worked collaboratively with Finance Department, Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF), Maryland Farm Bureau, Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO), and State Delegation to expand the County's transfer tax authority when property used for agricultural purposes is transferred to a new owner who will develop the property or otherwise use it for non-agricultural. This will lead to increased transfer tax revenues for the County, depending on the number of applicable properties transferred in a particular year.

  • Early Voting Centers: Worked collaboratively with the Montgomery County Board of Elections, State Board of Elections, and State Delegation to obtain passage of an emergency bill that allowed the Montgomery County Board of Elections to operate a tenth early voting site for the 2016 election cycle.

  • Predatory Towing: Secured language in a multi-year federal transportation re-authorization bill reinstating State's authority to regulate predatory towing practices.

Initiatives

  • Intergovernmental Relations Newsletter: During the 2016 Interim, the Office of Intergovernmental Relations (OIR) continued to work on improving information flow among stakeholders by refining the functionality of the OIR website and posting a monthly newsletter using the "gov.delivery" system that highlights crossover issues that connect the County to State and federal issues.

Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • Implemented a new legislative tracking system that will enhance the office's legislative review process by improving the way the office collects, organizes, reviews, and communicates information relating to State and Federal legislation. Since the office works closely with approximately 60 legislative liaisons from the Executive Branch, County Council, and other State agencies to review bills and obtain the input that is necessary to develop County position statements, the office needed a software system to provide for the timely tracking of legislative bills and their status.

Program Descriptions

  Intergovernmental Relations

The Office of Intergovernmental Relations advocates on behalf of the County before the Maryland General Assembly; Governor; and State administrative agencies, task forces, and committees. It responds to legislation, regulations, or other policy issues involving nearby counties and states, municipalities within the County, regional agencies, the District of Columbia, and the Federal government. Staff analyzes and evaluates legislation before the Maryland General Assembly and prepares written comments and testimony. Staff also analyzes County department requests for legislation and participates in the drafting of legislation or amendments. In addition, the Office of Intergovernmental Relations serves as the County's liaison to our Congressional delegation and advocates on Federal legislation and grant funding opportunities of interest to the County.

Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY16
Budget
FY17
Estimate
FY17
Approved
FY18
%Chg
Bud/App
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages701820.00693256.00 714014.00 704752.001.7
Employee Benefits172841.00163099.00 164271.00 162158.00-0.6
County General Fund Personnel Costs874661.00856355.00 878285.00 866910.001.2
Operating Expenses91754.00258956.00 161541.00 258763.00-0.1
County General Fund Expenditures966415.001115311.00 1039826.00 1125673.000.9
PERSONNEL
Full-Time4.004.00 4.00 4.000.0
Part-Time1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
FTEs5.105.10 5.10 5.100.0
REVENUES
Other Charges and Fees411.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
County General Fund Revenues411.000.00 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
Operating Expenses30664.0030670.00 30670.00 30670.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures30664.0030670.00 30670.00 30670.000.0
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
State Grants30666.0030670.00 30670.00 30670.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues30666.0030670.00 30670.00 30670.000.0
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures997079.001145981.00 1070496.00 1156343.000.9
Total Full-Time Positions4.004.00 4.00 4.000.0
Total Part-Time Positions1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
Total FTEs5.105.10 5.10 5.100.0
Total Revenues31077.0030670.00 30670.00 30670.000.0
FY18 Approved Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
FY17 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION11153115.10
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY18 Compensation Adjustment129690.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY17 Compensation Increases [Intergovernmental Relations]31620.00
Decrease Cost: Printing and Mail-1930.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment [Intergovernmental Relations]-26050.00
Decrease Cost: Annualization of FY17 Personnel Costs-29710.00
FY18 APPROVED11256735.10
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
FY17 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION306700.00
FY18 APPROVED306700.00
Future Fiscal Impacts ($000s)
TitleFY18FY19FY20FY21FY22FY23
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY18 Approved1126.0000001126.0000001126.0000001126.0000001126.0000001126.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Labor Contracts0.0000004.0000004.0000004.0000004.0000004.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures1126.0000001130.0000001130.0000001130.0000001130.0000001130.000000