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Mission Statement

The mission of Alcohol Beverage Services (ABS) is to provide licensing, wholesale and retail sales of beverage alcohol products, enforcement and effective education and training programs, while promoting moderation and responsible behavior in all phases of distribution and consumption. The Department diligently promotes, enforces, and obeys all laws and regulations governing beverage alcohol while generating revenue for the benefit of Montgomery County's General Fund. The Department strives to provide its customers with the added benefits inherent with the oversight provided by the Montgomery County Government.


Budget Overview

The total recommended FY21 Operating Budget for the Alcohol Beverage Services is $64,707,546, an increase of $664,765 or 1.04 percent from the FY20 Approved Budget of $64,042,781. Personnel Costs comprise 57.92 percent of the budget for 312 full-time position(s) and 144 part-time position(s), and a total of 442.50 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 42.08 percent of the FY21 budget.

In FY21, Alcohol Beverage Services will transfer $30.5 million to the General Fund and make $9.3 million in debt service payments on Liqour Control Revenue Bonds for a total contribution of $39.8 million.

The above projections and proposed expenditures form the basis for working capital decisions concerning the ABS Enterprise Fund.

The following information is provided to facilitate County Council and public input for final County Executive decisions on the determination of adequate working capital within, and use of resources in, the Liquor Enterprise Fund and net proceeds to be deposited to the General Fund. Consistent with Article 2B, Section 15-207, the County Executive must make resource allocation decisions for the Fund.

County Priority Outcomes

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

  • A Greener County
  • Effective, Sustainable Government
  • Safe Neighborhoods
  • A Growing Economy


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.



  • Implement technology such as proof of delivery and electronic eyes in our Warehouse to improve delivery accuracy and efficiency.
  • Addition of a Loss Prevention Specialist to reduce inventory shrinkage and improve overall security.
  • Implementation of new point of sale system across all retail stores to improve customer experience.


Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • Full implementation of voice picking technology that has significantly expedited the loading of products and reduced errors in the process.
  • Implemented the Top 1,800 program to ensure all retail stores are stocked with our customers' most demanded products.
  • Implemented a customer service tracking system that allows for real time tracking of the customer satisfaction in the stores.

Program Descriptions

  Warehouse Operations

This program involves management of the County's beverage alcohol warehouse and includes the purchase, receipt, and storage of over 35,000 different stock and special order items....

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  Delivery Operations

This program includes the distribution of distilled spirits, wine, and beer to licensed establishments and County retail stores....

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  Retail Sales Operations

This program oversees sales of distilled spirits, wine, and beer to retail customers through the operation of retail stores that are located throughout Montgomery County....

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This program provides the overall direction for the Department. This program also provides accounting, financial, personnel, and information technology services for the department. Finance and accounting staff perform special analyses, reporting, and preparation and monitoring of the department's budget. Information and technology staff provide the design, operation, maintenance, and protection...

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  Licensure, Regulation and Education

This program includes issuance of beverage alcohol licenses; inspecting and investigating licensed facilities to ensure compliance with all applicable laws, rules, regulations; and serving as support staff and providing expert testimony at hearings for issuance, fining, suspension, or revocation of licenses. This program also encompasses community partnerships by defining issues...

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This program leads the marketing and public relations efforts for the Department....

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  Office of the Director

This program provides the overall direction for the Department and leads the marketing and public relations efforts....

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Budget Trends
Program Contacts

Contact Courtney Orsini of the Alcohol Beverage Services at 240.777.1921 or Estela Boronat de Gomes of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2785 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
Salaries and Wages26836360.0026110171.00 26632945.00 27596827.005.7
Employee Benefits9273096.009995920.00 9669631.00 9882979.00-1.1
Liquor Control Personnel Costs36109456.0036106091.00 36302576.00 37479806.003.8
Operating Expenses18096007.0017235209.00 17302321.00 16754290.00-2.8
Capital Outlay174439.001436681.00 1436681.00 1225800.00-14.7
Debt Service Other9836714.009264800.00 8850750.00 9247650.00-0.2
Liquor Control Expenditures64216616.0064042781.00 63892328.00 64707546.001.0
Full-Time307.00302.00 302.00 312.003.3
Part-Time148.00138.00 138.00 144.004.4
FTEs442.20427.70 427.70 442.503.5
Bag Tax7019.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Investment Income145294.0041410.00 41410.00 91900.00121.9
Liquor Licenses1744540.001732993.00 1732993.00 1724222.00-0.5
Liquor Sales88573116.0090446885.00 91180293.00 96812959.007.0
Miscellaneous Revenues102145.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Other Charges/Fees19519.0023418.00 23418.00 23887.002.0
Other Fines/Forfeitures255830.00316916.00 316916.00 316916.000.0
Other Licenses/Permits73200.00159229.00 159229.00 168000.005.5
Liquor Control Revenues90920663.0092720851.00 93454259.00 99137884.006.9
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 Expenses18708.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures18708.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
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
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Total Expenditures64235324.0064042781.00 63892328.00 64707546.001.0
Total Full-Time Positions307.00302.00 302.00 312.003.3
Total Part-Time Positions148.00138.00 138.00 144.004.3
Total FTEs442.20427.70 427.70 442.503.5
Total Revenues90920663.0092720851.00 93454259.00 99137884.006.9
FY21 Recommended Changes
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY21 Compensation Adjustment7407050.00
FY21 RECOMMENDED7407050.00
Program Summary
Program NameFY20 APPR
Delivery Operations718237183.00702802883.00
Licensure, Regulation and Education193832711.39189262910.39
Retail Sales Operations30139807210.8830408999224.68
Warehouse Operations974182597.23984296095.23
Office of the Director13991404.0000.00
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
FY21 Recommended64708.00000064708.00000064708.00000064708.00000064708.00000064708.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Annualization of Positions Recommended in FY210.000000215.000000215.000000215.000000215.000000215.000000
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.
Elimination of One-Time Items Recommended in FY210.000000-1677.000000-1677.000000-1677.000000-1677.000000-1677.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY21, including (fill in major item names based on your Competition List), will be eliminated from the base in the outyears.
Debt Service0.0000001603.0000001229.0000001018.000000959.000000583.000000
Debt service estimates include Liquor Control Revenue Bonds, Master Lease Agreements for Forklifts, Delivery Trucks, and ERP system.
Retiree Health Insurance Pre-funding0.000000-71.000000-166.000000-163.000000-174.000000-36.000000
Labor Contracts0.000000351.000000351.000000351.000000351.000000351.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures64708.00000065129.00000064660.00000064452.00000064382.00000064144.000000
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