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Mission Statement

Urban Districts support and enhance the County's unincorporated downtowns (Bethesda, Silver Spring, and Wheaton) as prosperous, livable urban centers by maintaining streetscape and its investments; providing additional public amenities such as plantings, seating, shelters, and works of art; promoting the commercial and residential interests of these areas; and programming cultural and community activities.

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Budget Overview

The total approved FY22 Operating Budget for the Urban Districts is $9,946,344, an increase of $311,098 or 3.23 percent from the FY21 Approved Budget of $9,635,246. Personnel Costs comprise 44.80 percent of the budget for 61 full-time position(s) and one part-time position(s), and a total of 58.70 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 55.20 percent of the FY22 budget.

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
  • Thriving Youth and Families

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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 FY21 estimates reflect funding based on the FY21 approved budget. The FY22 and FY23 figures are performance targets based on the FY22 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY23.

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Initiatives

  • Three blocks in downtown Bethesda (Woodmont Avenue, between Bethesda Avenue and Elm Street; and two blocks on Norfolk Avenue) were cordoned off to provide for extended seating and outdoor dining for all downtown Bethesda restaurants; managed and operated by the Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP). The Bethesda Streetery was created by BUP to provide additional dining options for the restaurants during the pandemic when their indoor capacity was restricted.
  • A new public art mural was installed in August 2020 at the Rugby Avenue/Woodmont public parking garage in partnership with the Department of Transportation (MCDOT) and Park and Planning. The mural significantly improved the aesthetics of one of the oldest county owned garages in downtown Bethesda, and continued our Arts & Entertainment District goal to bring more public art to our downtown.
  • The Silver Spring Urban District Red Shirt Team is working intensely with MCDOT in collaboration with the State as the work of the Purple Line disrupts business operations and requires substantive directional and information services as pedestrian and vehicular traffic is disrupted.
  • The Silver Spring Urban District, through its Arts Consultant, established a weekly 'check-in' with arts organizations to provide relevant updates and information on COVID related matters and collaborate on virtual presence for the arts community.
  • The Wheaton Clean & Safe Team supported the opening of the new MNCPPC headquarters in Wheaton by providing increased presence around the building and Plaza, responding to requests from new tenants in the building, and participating in a public safety task force made up of MNCCPPC, Police, WMATA Security, and MCDOT.
  • The Wheaton Urban District created an online rebranding and marketing campaign which included a new logo, welcome materials for tenants moving into the new building, incentive program for local businesses and a new website.

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Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • Restaurant Week in the Bethesda Urban District held a "Savor Bethesda" - in lieu of the annual Taste of Bethesda, Bethesda Urban Partnership held our first Restaurant Week for downtown Bethesda from Oct. 1 - 11, 2020. This initiative was created to drive business to struggling restaurants during the pandemic.

  • The Silver Spring Urban District supported the establishment of the innovative Eatery on Georgia Ave, working with the State Highway Administration starting in the summer of 2020. Additional eateries are planned for Newell Street and at Veterans Plaza.
  • During COVID, the Silver Spring Urban District was able to pivot and readjust operations to continue the critical task of maintaining businesses and residents informed by safely distributing information to storefronts and setting up tents to interact socially distanced.
  • The Wheaton Urban District worked closely with MCDOT, Department of Permitting Services (DPS), Police and local restaurants to create a streetery which was then winterized allowing these restaurants to continue operations amidst restrictions to indoor dining. During the winter months, this streetery have seen a steady flow of customers on a regular basis.
  • The Wheaton Urban District worked closely with MCDOT, DPS, the Montgomery County Police Department and local restaurants to create a streetery which was then winterized allowing these restaurants to continue operations amidst restrictions to indoor dining. During the winter months, this streetery has seen a steady flow of customers on a regular basis, and has allowed businesses to continue operations during this difficult time.

Program Descriptions

  Promotion of Community and Business Activities

This program enhances the quality of life in the Urban Districts and surrounding communities; fosters a strong, vibrant business climate within each Urban District; and creates a positive image and a sense of identity for the Districts. These goals are accomplished through sponsorship of community events that may include festivals,...

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  Streetscape Maintenance

This program provides maintenance of, and improvement to, the streetscape amenities within each Urban District. Various service levels include litter collection, sidewalk maintenance, trash receptacle service at least three times a week, mowing and snow removal as needed, lighting maintenance, maintenance of planted/landscaped areas, and street sweeping....

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  Enhanced Security and Ambassadorship

This program provides safeguards against property theft, vandalism, and personal security in the Silver Spring and Wheaton Urban Districts. The goal of the program is to provide an enhanced level of protection and reduce the perception of crime through the use of the Safe Team as the eyes and ears...

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  Administration

This program provides staff support for contract administration, the Urban District Advisory Committees, and for the administration of Urban District corporations. This program also provides for budget preparation and monitoring, payment authorization, records maintenance, and the Bethesda Circulator contract....

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Program Contacts

Contact Ken Hartman of the Urban Districts at 240.777.8206 or Lindsay Lucas of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2776 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY20
Budget
FY21
Estimate
FY21
Approved
FY22
%Chg
Bud/App
URBAN DISTRICT - BETHESDA
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages80126.0079557.00 87610.00 86305.008.5
Employee Benefits25528.0026921.00 25801.00 26656.00-1.0
Urban District - Bethesda Personnel Costs105654.00106478.00 113411.00 112961.006.1
Operating Expenses3169331.003262627.00 3092293.00 3163232.00-3.1
Urban District - Bethesda Expenditures3274985.003369105.00 3205704.00 3276193.00-2.8
PERSONNEL
Full-Time1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
REVENUES
Optional Method Development183975.00194567.00 102384.00 183975.00-5.4
Property Tax713629.00746360.00 756025.00 778423.004.3
Urban District - Bethesda Revenues897604.00940927.00 858409.00 962398.002.3
 
URBAN DISTRICT - SILVER SPRING
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages1902166.001861026.00 1695228.00 1945230.004.5
Employee Benefits722508.00786373.00 636761.00 771083.00-1.9
Urban District - Silver Spring Personnel Costs2624674.002647399.00 2331989.00 2716313.002.6
Operating Expenses1041410.001186654.00 1183337.00 1197798.000.9
Urban District - Silver Spring Expenditures3666084.003834053.00 3515326.00 3914111.002.1
PERSONNEL
Full-Time37.0038.00 38.00 38.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs34.9035.00 35.00 35.000.0
REVENUES
Optional Method Development123936.00150000.00 89211.00 120000.00-20.0
Property Tax911367.001022638.00 1007897.00 1037864.001.5
Urban District - Silver Spring Revenues1035303.001172638.00 1097108.00 1157864.00-1.3
 
URBAN DISTRICT - WHEATON
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages1177498.001089170.00 1159830.00 1170858.007.5
Employee Benefits466356.00456218.00 429267.00 455578.00-0.1
Urban District - Wheaton Personnel Costs1643854.001545388.00 1589097.00 1626436.005.2
Operating Expenses479073.00886700.00 681780.00 1129604.0027.4
Urban District - Wheaton Expenditures2122927.002432088.00 2270877.00 2756040.0013.3
PERSONNEL
Full-Time22.0022.00 22.00 22.000.0
Part-Time1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
FTEs22.7022.70 22.70 22.700.0
REVENUES
Property Tax237706.00281282.00 273591.00 281689.000.1
Urban District - Wheaton Revenues237706.00281282.00 273591.00 281689.000.1
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures9063996.009635246.00 8991907.00 9946344.003.2
Total Full-Time Positions60.0061.00 61.00 61.000.0
Total Part-Time Positions1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
Total FTEs58.6058.70 58.70 58.700.0
Total Revenues2170613.002394847.00 2229108.00 2401951.000.3
FY22 Approved Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
URBAN DISTRICT - BETHESDA
FY21 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION33691051.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY21 Personnel Costs32700.00
Increase Cost: FY21 Compensation Adjustment23880.00
Increase Cost: FY22 Compensation Adjustment8250.00
Increase Cost: Print and Mail Adjustment6050.00
Shift: Marketing and Placemaking for Pike District/White Flint to the Community Engagement Cluster Budget [Promotion of Community and Business Activities]-1000000.00
FY22 APPROVED32761931.00
 
URBAN DISTRICT - SILVER SPRING
FY21 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION383405335.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY21 Compensation Adjustment622910.00
Increase Cost: FY22 Compensation Adjustment348830.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment111440.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-58050.00
Decrease Cost: Annualization of FY21 Personnel Costs-224550.00
FY22 APPROVED391411135.00
 
URBAN DISTRICT - WHEATON
FY21 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION243208822.70
Changes (with service impacts)
Add: Annualized Cost to Maintain the Plaza in Wheaton [Streetscape Maintenance]2227820.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY21 Compensation Adjustment439820.00
Increase Cost: FY22 Compensation Adjustment242320.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment201220.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY21 Personnel Costs157170.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-28830.00
FY22 APPROVED275604022.70
Program Summary
Program NameFY21 APPR
Expenditures
FY21 APPR
FTEs
FY22 APPR
Expenditures
FY22 APPR
FTEs
Administration22216718.4024572948.30
Enhanced Security and Ambassadorship 119938415.35112013114.35
Promotion of Community and Business Activities16722401.9012873060.00
Streetscape Maintenance454195133.05508161336.05
Total963524658.70994634458.70
Charges to Other Departments
Charged DepartmentCharged FundFY21
Total$
FY21
FTES
FY22
Total$
FY22
FTES
URBAN DISTRICT - SILVER SPRING
Parking District ServicesSilver Spring Parking1652303.001652303.00
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
TitleFY22FY23FY24FY25FY26FY27
URBAN DISTRICT - BETHESDA
EXPENDITURES
FY22 Approved3276.0000003276.0000003276.0000003276.0000003276.0000003276.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Labor Contracts0.0000002.0000002.0000002.0000002.0000002.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures3276.0000003278.0000003278.0000003278.0000003278.0000003278.000000
 
URBAN DISTRICT - SILVER SPRING
EXPENDITURES
FY22 Approved3914.0000003914.0000003914.0000003914.0000003914.0000003914.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Labor Contracts0.00000058.00000058.00000058.00000058.00000058.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures3914.0000003971.0000003971.0000003971.0000003971.0000003971.000000
 
URBAN DISTRICT - WHEATON
EXPENDITURES
FY22 Approved2756.0000002756.0000002756.0000002756.0000002756.0000002756.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Labor Contracts0.00000039.00000039.00000039.00000039.00000039.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures2756.0000002794.0000002794.0000002794.0000002794.0000002794.000000