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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 in the oversight provided by the Montgomery County Government.


Budget Overview

The total approved FY22 Operating Budget for the Alcohol Beverage Services is $66,348,075, an increase of $2,791,721 or 4.39 percent from the FY21 Approved Budget of $63,556,354. Personnel Costs comprise 57.98 percent of the budget for 332 full-time position(s) and 130 part-time position(s), and a total of 443.80 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 42.02 percent of the FY22 budget.

In FY22, Alcohol Beverage Services will transfer $31.8 million to the General Fund and make $10.8 million in debt service payments on Liquor Control Revenue Bonds for a total contribution of $42.6 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 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.



  • Issue temporary permits to allow the sale of carryout drinks for restaurants during the COVID-19 emergency; 460 businesses have been approved through February 2021.
  • Create a COVID-19-specific Safety Alliance to partner with other County agencies to visit and provide resources to businesses.


Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • ABS opened its first "spirits only" store to provide convenient spirits access to residents in an underserved area of the County.

  • Implemented an online alcohol licensing program.

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 and licensees through the operation of retail stores that are located throughout Montgomery County....

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The Administration Program provides comprehensive leadership for the department including strategic planning, policy development and implementation, accountability, maintenance of partnerships with non-governmental service providers, and human resource management. This program also provides all accounting, financial, procurement and information technology services for the department. Finance and accounting staff perform special analyses,...

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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 efforts for the department, including design and branding, advertising, internal and external communications, events, and promotions....

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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 Wages28654999.0026745635.00 27374554.00 28543742.006.7
Employee Benefits9731086.009882979.00 8947570.00 9926722.000.4
Liquor Control Personnel Costs38386085.0036628614.00 36322124.00 38470464.005.0
Operating Expenses19104164.0016754290.00 16534641.00 16795811.000.3
Capital Outlay157634.00925800.00 925800.00 250800.00-72.9
Debt Service Other7703323.009247650.00 9247650.00 10831000.0017.1
Liquor Control Expenditures65351206.0063556354.00 63030215.00 66348075.004.4
Full-Time302.00312.00 312.00 332.006.4
Part-Time138.00144.00 144.00 130.00-9.7
FTEs427.70442.50 442.50 443.800.3
Bag Tax7179.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Investment Income133707.0091900.00 91900.00 91900.000.0
Liquor Licenses166012.001724222.00 357158.00 1206955.00-30.0
Liquor Sales95052306.0096812959.00 94809174.00 99717348.003.0
Miscellaneous Revenues114033.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Other Charges/Fees12121.0023887.00 703.00 23887.000.0
Other Fines/Forfeitures150188.00316916.00 56328.00 63383.00-80.0
Other Licenses/Permits51400.00168000.00 85202.00 117600.00-30.0
Liquor Control Revenues95686946.0099137884.00 95400465.00 101221073.002.1
Salaries and Wages-82.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits-6.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs-88.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures-88.000.00 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 Expenditures65351118.0063556354.00 63030215.00 66348075.004.4
Total Full-Time Positions302.00312.00 312.00 332.006.4
Total Part-Time Positions138.00144.00 144.00 130.00-9.7
Total FTEs427.70442.50 442.50 443.800.3
Total Revenues95686946.0099137884.00 95400465.00 101221073.002.1
FY22 Approved Changes
Changes (with service impacts)
Enhance: New ABS Delivery Truck [Warehouse Operations]1500000.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Debt Service [Administration]15833500.00
Increase Cost: FY21 Compensation Adjustment10937080.00
Increase Cost: FY22 Compensation Adjustment6134230.00
Increase Cost: IT Systems and Point of Sale (POS) [Administration]5723290.00
Re-align: Reallocation of FTEs from Delivery Operations to Warehouse Operations [Warehouse Operations]4395186.00
Re-align: Reallocation of FTEs from Marketing to Retail [Retail Sales Operations]2171292.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY21 Lapsed Positions2145600.00
Re-align: Reallocation of FTEs from Administration to Retail [Retail Sales Operations]2106922.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment602460.00
Increase Cost: Retail Store Leases [Retail Sales Operations]251330.00
Increase Cost: Print and Mail Adjustment62530.00
Technical Adj: Conversion of Retail Clerk Positions [Retail Sales Operations]01.30
Decrease Cost: OPEB Adjustment-709200.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-798410.00
Re-align: Reallocation of FTEs from Administration to Retail [Administration]-210692-2.00
Re-align: Reallocation of FTEs from Marketing to Retail [Marketing]-217129-2.00
Re-align: Reallocation of FTEs from Delivery Operations to Warehouse Operations [Delivery Operations]-439518-6.00
Decrease Cost: Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY21-13765200.00
FY22 APPROVED66348075443.80
Program Summary
Program NameFY21 APPR
Delivery Operations702802883.00660213677.00
Licensure, Regulation and Education189262910.39188123910.39
Retail Sales Operations30408999224.6830623740229.98
Warehouse Operations954296095.2310033795101.23
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
FY22 Approved66348.00000066348.00000066348.00000066348.00000066348.00000066348.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY220.000000-150.000000-150.000000-150.000000-150.000000-150.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY22, including one delivery truck, will be eliminated from the base in the outyears.
Debt Service0.000000-374.000000-585.000000-645.000000-1020.000000-1020.000000
Debt service estimates include Liquor Control Revenue Bonds, Master Lease Agreements for Forklifts, Delivery Trucks, and ERP system.
Retiree Health Insurance Pre-funding0.000000-1.000000-2.000000-3.000000-4.000000-4.000000
Labor Contracts0.000000884.000000884.000000884.000000884.000000884.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures66348.00000066706.00000066494.00000066433.00000066057.00000066057.000000