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Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Human Rights is to enforce County anti-discrimination laws in housing, commercial real estate, employment, public accommodations, and intimidation; and promote increased understanding and tolerance among diverse groups.

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Budget Overview

The total recommended FY21 Operating Budget for the Office of Human Rights is $1,411,247, an increase of $128,617 or 10.03 percent from the FY20 Approved Budget of $1,282,630. Personnel Costs comprise 90.28 percent of the budget for nine full-time position(s) and no part-time position(s), and a total of 9.60 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 9.72 percent of the FY21 budget.

County Priority Outcomes

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

  • Thriving Youth and Families
  • Effective, Sustainable Government

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Program 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 FY20 estimates reflect funding based on the FY20 approved budget. The FY21 and FY22 figures are performance targets based on the FY21 recommended budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY22.

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Initiatives

  • Add an additional investigator to manage the workload associated with the enactment of new legislation.


Program Descriptions

  Compliance

This program investigates and resolves formal complaints of discrimination in employment, housing, commercial and residential real estate transactions, public accommodations, and intimidations through a formal complaint process or mediation....

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  Community Mediation and Public Affairs

This program supports and promotes the Human Rights Commission and Committee on Hate Violence on their outreach and education efforts. Participate in, or in partnership with other local/State/Federal offices, conduct various forums to promote increased understanding and tolerance among diverse groups....

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  Fair Housing

This program monitors the County's Fair Housing Ordinance through the Interagency Fair Housing Work Group in order to coordinate the activity of County departments, offices, and agencies to prevent housing discrimination and to perform testing of housing providers. The Office investigates and seeks to resolve housing discrimination complaints....

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  Administration

This program provides overall direction of the office, administration of the budget, personnel, procurement, automation, and support services. Also provided in this program is funding for human relations awards and programs....

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Budget Trends
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Program Contacts

Contact James Stowe of the Office of Human Rights at 240.777.8490 or Phil 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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Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY19
Budget
FY20
Estimate
FY20
Recommended
FY21
%Chg
Bud/Rec
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages870435.00879308.00 896334.00 1002123.0014.0
Employee Benefits246955.00260246.00 259572.00 271999.004.5
County General Fund Personnel Costs1117390.001139554.00 1155906.00 1274122.0011.8
Operating Expenses182954.00143076.00 132442.00 137125.00-4.2
County General Fund Expenditures1300344.001282630.00 1288348.00 1411247.0010.0
PERSONNEL
Full-Time8.008.00 8.00 9.0012.5
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs8.608.60 8.60 9.6011.6
REVENUES
EEOC Reimbursement48000.0059200.00 59200.00 59200.000.0
Miscellaneous Revenues829.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
County General Fund Revenues48829.0059200.00 59200.00 59200.000.0
FY21 Recommended Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY21 Compensation Adjustment250180.00
FY21 RECOMMENDED250180.00
Program Summary
Program NameFY20 APPR
Expenditures
FY20 APPR
FTEs
FY21 REC
Expenditures
FY21 REC
FTEs
Administration2682601.002731531.00
Community Mediation and Public Affairs460590.50483910.50
Compliance9041156.009184916.00
Fair Housing641961.101712122.10
Total12826308.6014112479.60
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
TitleFY21FY22FY23FY24FY25FY26
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY21 Recommended1411.0000001411.0000001411.0000001411.0000001411.0000001411.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Annualization of Positions Recommended in FY210.00000025.00000025.00000025.00000025.00000025.000000
New positions in the FY21 budget are generally assumed to be filled at least two months after the fiscal year begins. Therefore, the above amounts reflect annualization of these positions in the outyears.
Biennial Hall of Fame Event0.0000003.0000000.0000003.0000000.0000003.000000
This Biennial event recognizes Montgomery County residents who have made personal sacrifices that positively impacted County human rights issues.
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 Expenditures1411.0000001443.0000001440.0000001443.0000001440.0000001443.000000