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Mission Statement

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) in Montgomery County manages physical growth and plans communities; protects and stewards natural, cultural, and historical resources; and provides leisure and recreational experiences.

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Budget Overview

The M-NCPPC was established by the General Assembly of Maryland in 1927. As a bi-county agency, the Commission is a corporate body of the State of Maryland. The Commission operates in each county through a Planning Board and, in Montgomery County, a Park Commission. Five board members, appointed by the County Council, serve as the Montgomery County members of the Commission. The Planning Board exercises policy oversight to the Commissioners' Office, the Department of Parks, the Planning Department, and Central Administrative Services.

On January 15 each year, M-NCPPC submits to the County Council and the County Executive the M-NCPPC proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. That document is a statement of mission and goals, justification of resources requested, description of work items accomplished in the prior fiscal year, and a source of important statistical and historical data. The M-NCPPC proposed budget can be obtained by contacting the M-NCPPC Budget Office at 301.454.1731 or visiting the Commission's website at www.mncppc.org. Summary data only are included in this presentation.

Tax Supported Funds
The M-NCPPC tax supported Operating Budget consists of the Administration Fund, the Park Fund, and the Advance Land Acquisition (ALA) Debt Service Fund. The Administration Fund supports the Commissioners' Office, the Montgomery County funded portion of the Central Administrative Services (CAS) offices, and the Planning Department. The Administration Fund is supported by the Regional District Tax, which includes Montgomery County, less the municipalities of Barnesville, Brookeville, Gaithersburg, Laytonsville, Poolesville, Rockville, and Washington Grove.

The Park Fund supports the activities of the Department of Parks and Park Debt Service. The Park Fund is supported by the Metropolitan District Tax, whose taxing area is identical to that of the Regional District.


The Advance Land Acquisition (ALA) Debt Service Fund supports the payment of debt service on bonds issued to purchase land for a variety of public purposes. The Advance Land Acquisition Debt Service Fund has a countywide taxing area.


Non-Tax Supported Funds
There are three non-tax supported funds within the M-NCPPC that are financed and operated in a manner similar to private enterprise. These self-supporting operations are the Enterprise Fund, the Property Management Fund, and the Special Revenue Fund.

Grants are extracted from the tax supported portion of the fund displays and displayed in the Grant Fund. The Grant Fund, as displayed, consists of grants from the Park and Administration Funds.


Special Revenue Funds are used to account for the proceeds from specific revenue sources that are legally restricted to expenditures for specific purposes. The budgets are associated with Planning and Parks operations throughout the Commission.


Commissioners' Office
The Commissioners' Office supports the five Planning Board members and enhances communication among the Planning Board, County Council, County residents, other governmental agencies, and other Commission departments.

Planning Department
The Planning Department provides information, analysis, recommendations, and other staffing services to the Montgomery County Planning Board, the County Council, the County Executive, other governmental agencies, and the general public. The Department prepares master and sector plans for Planning Board review and approval by the County Council. The Department reviews development applications for conformance with existing laws, regulations, master plans and policies, and presents its recommendations to the Planning Board for action. The Department gathers, analyzes, and reports various data (such as housing, employment, population growth, and other topics of interest) to the County Council, County government, other agencies, the business community, and the public.

Central Administrative Services
The mission of Central Administrative Services (CAS) is to provide quality corporate services in the areas of corporate governance, human resources, finance and budget, legal counsel, information technology, and internal audit. CAS strives to deliver these services with integrity, innovation, responsiveness, and excellent customer service to the Commission, its employees, elected and appointed officials, and the communities served in the bi-county region. The level of services, and therefore funding allocation, by county is tailored to the agency and the individual department needs. Certain functions are allocated based on labor distribution or a cost driver such as number of employees paid. Some functions, such as the Merit System Board, are funded evenly by both counties.

Department of Parks
The Department of Parks provides recommendations, information, analysis, and services to the Montgomery County Planning Board (which also serve as the Park Commission), the County Council, the County Executive, other government agencies, and the general public. The Department also oversees the acquisition, development, and management of a nationally recognized, award winning park system providing County residents with open space for recreational opportunities and natural resources stewardship. The Department oversees a comprehensive park system of over 36,000 acres in 421 parks of different sizes, types, and functions that feature Stream Valley and Conservation Parks, Regional and Special Parks, Recreational Parks, and Local and Community Parks. The Department serves County residents as the primary provider of open space for recreational opportunities and security and maintenance of the park system.

Debt Service - Park Fund
Park Debt Service pays principal and interest on the Commission's acquisition and development bonds. The proceeds of these bonds are used to fund the Local Parks portion of the M-NCPPC Capital Improvements Program.

Debt Service - Advance Land Acquisition Debt Service Fund and Revolving Fund
The Advance Land Acquisition Debt Service Fund pays principal and interest on the Commission's Advance Land Acquisition bonds. The proceeds of the Advance Land Acquisition bonds support the Advanced Land Acquisition Revolving Fund (ALARF). ALARF activities include the acquisition of land needed for State highways, streets, roads, school sites, and other public uses. The Commission may only purchase land through the ALARF at the request of another government agency, with the approval of the Montgomery County Council.

Enterprise Fund
The Enterprise Fund accounts for various park facilities and services which are entirely supported by user fees. Recreational activities include: ice rinks, indoor tennis, event centers, boating, camping, trains, carousel, mini-golf, driving range, and sports pavilion. Operating profits are reinvested in new or existing public revenue-producing facilities through the operating budget and Capital Improvements Program.

Property Management Fund
The Property Management Fund manages leased facilities located on parkland throughout the County, including single family houses, apartment units, businesses, farmland, and facilities that house County programs.

Spending Affordability Guidelines
In February 2019, the Council approved FY20 Spending Affordability Guidelines (SAG) of $125,200,000 for the tax supported Administration and Park funds of the M-NCPPC, which is a $500,000 or 0.40 percent increase from the FY19 SAG of $124,700,000. SAG excludes debt service and retiree health insurance prefunding. The Commission proposed a FY20 tax supported budget, excluding debt service or retiree health insurance, $6,589,510 above the FY20 SAG.

County Executive Recommendations

The County Executive recommends a FY20 tax supported appropriation, excluding debt service, of $129,265,933 for M-NCPPC. This represents an increase of $1.0 million, or 0.8 percent, over FY19 Approved.


The County Executive recommends $75,000 in the County's Leases Non-Departmental Account (NDA) to cover limited operating costs for the new Wheaton Headquarters in FY20 prior to the County's FY21 move in date. County operating costs will be significantly larger in FY21.

Park Fund
The County Executive recommends funding of $97,466,172, excluding debt service. This represents an increase of $817,246, or 0.8 percent, over FY19 Approved. The Executive recommends $7,124,410 for the Park Fund Debt Service budget, an increase of $663,125 or 10.3 percent from the FY19 Approved Budget.

The Executive does not recommend the M-NCPPC requested transfer of $100,000 from the Cable Fund to support the M-NCPPC Connected Parks initiative in FY20 due to declining cable revenues and fund balance policy.

The Executive recommends $3,422,473 in intergovernmental revenues from the Water Quality Protection Fund to support the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) Phase II Permit mandates and water quality activities. This represents an increase of $77,564 or 2.3 percent over the FY19 Approved Budget.

Administration Fund
The County Executive recommends funding of $31,799,761. This represents an increase of $182,754, or 0.6 percent, over FY19 Approved.

The Executive does not recommend the M-NCPPC requested transfer of $500,000 from the tax-supported Administration Fund to the non-tax supported Special Revenue Fund. This recommendation represents a $0 change over the FY19 Approved budget.

The Executive concurs with the M-NCPPC request for $403,500 in intergovernmental revenues from the Water Quality Protection Fund to support NPDES MS4 permit and water quality activities. This represents an increase of $11,800 or 3.0 percent over the FY19 Approved Budget.

ALA Debt Service Fund
The County Executive concurs with the M-NCPPC request for funding of $145,200. This represents a $7,650 or 5.0 percent decrease from the FY19 Approved Budget.


Enterprise Fund
The County Executive concurs with the M-NCPPC request for funding of $9,734,402. This represents an $12,557 or 0.1 percent decrease from the FY19 Approved Budget.


Property Management Fund
The County Executive concurs with the M-NCPPC request for funding of $1,566,600. This represents a $38,360 or 2.5 percent increase from the FY19 Approved Budget.


Special Revenue Fund
The County Executive concurs with the M-NCPPC request for funding of $7,084,740. This represents an $564,907 or 8.7 percent increase from the FY19 Approved Budget.

The County Executive concurs with the M-NCPPC request to transfer $1,391,700 from the General Fund to cover costs associated with the maintenance of Montgomery County Public Schools' ballfields. This represents an increase of $475,000 or 51.8 percent from the FY19 Approved Budget to reflect a the price of a new contract and additional ballfields being maintained.

The County Executive does not recommend the M-NCPPC requested use of $250,000 in Community Use of Public Facilities (CUPF) funds to support the FY20 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) Ballfields Initiative (P008720). The County Executive prefers to postpone a decision until the replacement of the activeMONTGOMERY system is further along and it is better understood if the FY20 CUPF fund balance can cover ballfield renovation costs.

Grant Fund
The County Executive concurs with the M-NCPPC request for funding of $550,000. This maintains the level of support in the FY19 Approved Budget.


In addition, this agency's Capital Improvements Program (CIP) requires Current Revenue funding.

County Priority Outcomes

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

  • A More Affordable and Welcoming Community
  • Thriving Youth and Families
  • Easier Commutes
  • A Greener County
  • Effective, Sustainable Government
  • Safe Neighborhoods
  • A Growing Economy

Budget Trends
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Program Contacts

Contact John Kroll of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission at 301.454.1731 or Jennifer Nordin of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2779 for more information regarding this agency's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY18
Budget
FY19
Estimate
FY19
Recommended
FY20
%Chg
Bud/Rec
ADMINISTRATION FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Administration Fund Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Operating Expenses28929197.0031617007.00 31169717.00 31799761.000.6
Administration Fund Expenditures28929197.0031617007.00 31169717.00 31799761.000.6
PERSONNEL
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs183.59186.11 186.11 185.76-0.2
REVENUES
Intergovernmental404630.00391700.00 391700.00 403500.003.0
Investment Income218044.00100000.00 100000.00 100000.000.0
Miscellaneous6948.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Property Tax28695052.0027343775.00 27046895.00 30157293.0010.3
User Fees283777.00204200.00 204200.00 198400.00-2.8
Administration Fund Revenues29608451.0028039675.00 27742795.00 30859193.0010.1
 
PARK FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Park Fund Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Operating Expenses93411248.0096648926.00 95377184.00 97466172.000.9
Debt Service Other5428913.006461285.00 6461285.00 7124410.0010.3
Park Fund Expenditures98840161.00103110211.00 101838469.00 104590582.001.4
PERSONNEL
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs731.30737.00 737.00 756.002.6
REVENUES
Facility User Fees2914730.002947100.00 2947100.00 3216214.009.1
Intergovernmental3184641.003344909.00 3344909.00 3422473.002.3
Investment Income162228.0040000.00 40000.00 60000.0050.0
Investment Income: CIP29269.0025000.00 25000.00 40000.0060.0
Miscellaneous126282.00117100.00 117100.00 115800.00-1.1
Property Tax92415781.0092898722.00 91890091.00 98370220.005.9
Park Fund Revenues98832931.0099372831.00 98364200.00 105224707.005.9
 
ALA DEBT SERVICE FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
ALA Debt Service Fund Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Debt Service Other154050.00152850.00 152850.00 145200.00-5.0
ALA Debt Service Fund Expenditures154050.00152850.00 152850.00 145200.00-5.0
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
Property Tax1929019.002024928.00 2004420.00 2075264.002.5
ALA Debt Service Fund Revenues1929019.002024928.00 2004420.00 2075264.002.5
 
GRANT FUND MNCPPC
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund MNCPPC Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Operating Expenses28849.00550000.00 550000.00 550000.000.0
Grant Fund MNCPPC Expenditures28849.00550000.00 550000.00 550000.000.0
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
Administration Fund Grants0.00150000.00 150000.00 150000.000.0
Park Fund Grants28849.00400000.00 400000.00 400000.000.0
Grant Fund MNCPPC Revenues28849.00550000.00 550000.00 550000.000.0
 
ENTERPRISE FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Enterprise Fund Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Operating Expenses9438986.009746959.00 9602028.00 9734402.00-0.1
Enterprise Fund Expenditures9438986.009746959.00 9602028.00 9734402.00-0.1
PERSONNEL
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs126.70125.40 125.40 120.70-3.8
REVENUES
Fees and Charges6629294.006337960.00 6380575.00 6470275.002.1
Merchandise Sales812503.00755600.00 797250.00 854350.0013.1
Miscellaneous774314.00711225.00 795371.00 777622.009.3
Non-Operating Revenues/Interest251568.00110000.00 176700.00 200000.0081.8
Rentals3257273.003311177.00 3203884.00 3294795.00-0.5
Enterprise Fund Revenues11724952.0011225962.00 11353780.00 11597042.003.3
 
PROP MGMT MNCPPC
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Prop Mgmt MNCPPC Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Operating Expenses1264471.001528240.00 1458424.00 1566600.002.5
Prop Mgmt MNCPPC Expenditures1264471.001528240.00 1458424.00 1566600.002.5
PERSONNEL
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs7.007.00 7.00 5.80-17.1
REVENUES
Investment Income14717.008000.00 8000.00 10000.0025.0
Miscellaneous7010.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Rental Income1240159.001424800.00 1354984.00 1456600.002.2
Prop Mgmt MNCPPC Revenues1261886.001432800.00 1362984.00 1466600.002.4
 
SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Special Revenue Funds Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Operating Expenses5379406.006519833.00 5932304.00 7084740.008.7
Special Revenue Funds Expenditures5379406.006519833.00 5932304.00 7084740.008.7
PERSONNEL
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs32.0534.15 34.15 34.150.0
REVENUES
Intergovernmental251089.00360000.00 419865.00 296730.00-17.6
Investment Income62814.0028000.00 35980.00 55000.0096.4
Miscellaneous343960.00149900.00 201550.00 239400.0059.7
Service Charges4806733.003167430.00 3126881.00 3198043.001.0
Special Revenue Funds Revenues5464596.003705330.00 3784276.00 3789173.002.3
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures144035120.00153225100.00 150703792.00 155471285.001.5
Total Full-Time Positions0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Total Part-Time Positions0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Total FTEs1080.641089.66 1089.66 1102.411.2
Total Revenues148850684.00146351526.00 145162455.00 155561979.006.3
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