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Program Description

  Payments to Municipalities

The Montgomery County Tax Duplication Program, authorized by Chapter 30A of the Montgomery County Code, reimburses municipalities for those public services they provide that would otherwise be provided by the County. The current reimbursement policy goes beyond State law, Section 6-305, which requires the County to provide to municipalities only the Property Tax-funded portion of those costs. County Council Resolution No. 9-1752, enacted April 27, 1982, increased the scope of program coverage from street-related expenditures to include other public services, such as police supplemental aid, animal control, elderly transportation, park maintenance, Board of Appeals, and Human Rights.

This program was reviewed in FY96 and technical formula amendments were proposed. The changes were approved, and payment calculations since then are prepared in accordance with County Council Resolution No. 13-650, adopted September 10, 1996. Specifically, as the exact payment amount for the current year cannot be determined until both municipal and County books are closed, reimbursements are based on the final audited cost of performing eligible services during the fiscal year two years prior to the budget year.

For the FY22 payment, the County Executive recommends changing the payment formula so that municipalities would receive 60 percent of certain transportation - related expenditures, 95 percent of computed park expenditures, and certain police and crossing guard payments for Takoma Park. During FY22, the County Executive will negotiate a revised payment calculation formula with the County's municipal partners.

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This does not include the estimated Municipalities' Speed Camera Allocation of $129,344

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Program Contacts

Contact Lindsay Lucas of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2788 for more information regarding the operating budget for the Non-Departmental Accounts.

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Program Budget Changes

FY22 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY21 Approved82977790.00
Increase Cost: Enhanced Payments to Municipalities8246320.00
FY22 Approved91224110.00