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Mission Statement

The goals of the County Government relating to utility consumption are to:

  • achieve energy savings by the elimination of wasteful or inefficient operation of building systems;
  • continue improvements in energy efficiency in all County operations; and
  • obtain required energy fuels at the most favorable cost to the County.

HIGHLIGHTS

The Department of General Services manages the payment for 1,504 separately metered utility accounts for these facilities, streetlights, and traffic-controlled signalized intersections.

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Budget Overview

The FY19 Approved Budget for the tax supported Utilities non-departmental account (NDA) is $26,235,746 an increase of $101 or 0.0 percent from the FY18 Approved Budget of $26,235,645. Allocation of these utilities expenditures is approximately: electricity, 80.0 percent; natural gas, 7.4 percent; water and sewer, 12.0 percent; fuel oil, 0.4 percent; and propane, 0.2 percent.

The FY19 Approved Budget includes County government utilities expenditures for both tax and non-tax supported operations. Tax supported utilities expenditures related to the General Fund departments are budgeted in the Utilities NDA, while utilities expenditures related to special fund departments are budgeted in those funds. Some of these special funds, such as Recreation and portions of the Department of Transportation, are tax supported. Other special funds, such as Solid Waste, are not supported by taxes, but through user fees or charges for services.

Utilities expenditures are also found in the budgets of other County agencies: Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), Montgomery College, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). The total utilities budget request for these "outside" agencies is $71,903,356 which includes the entire bi-county area of WSSC.

The FY19 Approved tax supported budget for Utilities Management, including both the General Fund NDA ($26,235,746) and the other tax supported funds ($3,758,445), is $29,994,191, an increase of $22,100 or approximately 0.1 percent from the FY18 Approved utilities budget. The FY19 Approved Budget for non-tax supported utilities expenditures is $5,143,533, a decrease of $127,359 or approximately 2.4 percent from the FY18 Approved Budget.

In both the tax and non-tax supported funds, utilities expenditures result primarily from commodity unit costs due to market price fluctuations; consumption changes due to new facilities, systems, or services; and in some cases, a more precise alignment of budgeted costs with actual prior-year expenditures by utility type. Energy conservation and cost-saving measures (e.g., new building design, lighting technology, and energy and HVAC management systems) are assumed to offset increased utility consumption for new facilities and higher unit costs.

Linkage to County Result Areas

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

  • An Effective and Efficient Transportation Network
  • Safe Streets and Secure Neighborhoods

Budget Trends
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Program Contacts

Contact Angela Dizelos of the Department of General Services/Utilities Management at 240.777.6028 or Bruce Meier 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
TitleActual
FY17
Budget
FY18
Estimate
FY18
Approved
FY19
%Chg
Bud/App
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
County General Fund Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Operating Expenses25603043.0026235645.00 25835645.00 26235746.000.0
County General Fund Expenditures25603043.0026235645.00 25835645.00 26235746.000.0
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
FY19 Approved Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
FY18 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION262356450.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY19 Increase due to unit costs and consumption changes [Utilities]7071010.00
Decrease Cost: Savings from Energy Conservation CIP projects [Utilities]-400000.00
Decrease Cost: Oaks Landfill Solar Savings [Utilities]-1500000.00
Decrease Cost: Utility Rate and Consumption Changes [Utilities]-5170000.00
FY19 APPROVED262357460.00
Future Fiscal Impacts ($000s)
TitleFY19FY20FY21FY22FY23FY24
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY19 Approved26236.00000026236.00000026236.00000026236.00000026236.00000026236.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Subtotal Expenditures26236.00000026236.00000026236.00000026236.00000026236.00000026236.000000