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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 Montgomery County Government.


Budget Overview

The total recommended FY25 Operating Budget for the Alcohol Beverage Services is $74,604,653, an increase of $3,865,076 or 5.46 percent from the FY24 Approved Budget of $70,739,577. Personnel Costs comprise 62.98 percent of the budget for 347 full-time position(s) and 121 part-time position(s), and a total of 432.30 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 37.02 percent of the FY25 budget.

In FY25, Alcohol Beverage Services will transfer $31.3 million to the General Fund and make $8.6 million in debt service payments on Liquor Control Revenue Bonds for a total contribution of $39.9 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.

In addition, this department'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 Growing Economy
  • A Greener County
  • Safe Neighborhoods
  • Effective, Sustainable Government


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 FY24 estimates reflect funding based on the FY24 approved budget. The FY25 and FY26 figures are performance targets based on the FY25 recommended budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY26.



  • A Zero-Carbon Emissions transition plan will calculate the impact of electrification, route analysis, and identify the most efficient strategy to simultaneously reduce the department's carbon footprint and purchase the most cost-effective vehicles.


Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • ABS updated all store point of sale register systems to remove technology barriers and enable ABS to expand is potential by adding services such as curbside pickup, buy online, pick up in store, and queue line checkout.
  • ABS leveraged its direct import capacity to become the exclusive Mid-Atlantic seller of the distinctive Domaine de Galuval wines from the RhIne Valley.

Program Descriptions

  Warehouse Operations

This program involves management of the County's beverage alcohol warehouse and includes the purchase, receipt, and storage of 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, and 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...

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Budget Trends
Program Contacts

Contact Courtney Orsini of the Alcohol Beverage Services at 240.777.1921 or Abdul Rauf of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2766 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
Salaries and Wages28437505.0032200207.00 31557484.00 34999290.008.7
Employee Benefits9255336.0011094710.00 10415062.00 11986007.008.0
Liquor Control Personnel Costs37692841.0043294917.00 41972546.00 46985297.008.5
Operating Expenses23379292.0018690270.00 19979571.00 18927066.001.3
Capital Outlay0.00100800.00 100800.00 100800.000.0
Debt Service Other8232140.008653590.00 8653590.00 8591490.00-0.7
Liquor Control Expenditures69304273.0070739577.00 70706507.00 74604653.005.5
Full-Time334.00341.00 341.00 347.001.8
Part-Time127.00130.00 130.00 121.00-6.9
FTEs428.80428.70 428.70 432.300.8
Liquor Licenses1792112.001206955.00 1206955.00 1206955.000.0
Other Licenses/Permits78810.00117600.00 117600.00 117600.000.0
Other Charges/Fees13680.0023887.00 23887.00 23887.000.0
Other Fines/Forfeitures204025.0063383.00 63383.00 63383.000.0
Liquor Sales99471081.00101306930.00 100572201.00 102583645.001.3
Miscellaneous Revenues83701.00809235.00 809235.00 0.00-100.0
Investment Income242462.00616390.00 385260.00 312920.00-49.2
Bag Tax7283.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Health Inspection: Restaurants-10293.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Liquor Control Revenues101882861.00104144380.00 103178521.00 104308390.000.2
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures0.000.00 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 Expenditures69304273.0070739577.00 70706507.00 74604653.005.5
Total Full-Time Positions334.00341.00 341.00 347.001.8
Total Part-Time Positions127.00130.00 130.00 121.00-6.9
Total FTEs428.80428.70 428.70 432.300.8
Total Revenues101882861.00104144380.00 103178521.00 104308390.000.2
FY25 Recommended Changes
Changes (with service impacts)
Enhance: Zero Emissions Fleet Study [Administration]2000000.00
Eliminate: Transfer Position to OHR [Retail Sales Operations]-47438-0.50
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY25 Compensation Adjustment19903570.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY24 Compensation Increases17931260.00
Increase Cost: Mid-Year Position Creations - Loss Prevention [Administration]3255753.00
Increase Cost: IT and POS Contracts [Administration]2108280.00
Increase Cost: Retail Store Leases [Retail Sales Operations]1702660.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY24 Lapsed Positions532650.00
Increase Cost: Mid-Year Position Creation - Reclassification [Warehouse Operations]443200.50
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail85460.00
Increase Cost: Retirement Adjustment65660.00
Increase Cost: Mid-Year Position Creation - Term Position [Administration]20000.50
Increase Cost: Mid-Year Position Creation - Customer Outreach [Administration]9260.10
Shift: Long-term Vacant Position to OHR to Support Countywide Human Resources Efforts [Warehouse Operations]-515520.00
Decrease Cost: Decrease in Debt Service Cost from FY24 to FY25 [Administration]-621000.00
Decrease Cost: Risk Management Adjustment-869820.00
Decrease Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment-2658620.00
Decrease Cost: Annualization of FY24 Personnel Costs-4267650.00
FY25 RECOMMENDED74604653432.30
Program Summary
Program NameFY24 APPR
Delivery Operations772859174.00805115474.00
Licensure, Regulation and Education223261812.39241607213.39
Retail Sales Operations33736344211.7834824596206.78
Warehouse Operations11103343101.331079459593.83
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
FY25 Recommended74605.00000074605.00000074605.00000074605.00000074605.00000074605.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Elimination of One-Time Items Recommended in FY250.000000-202.000000-202.000000-202.000000-202.000000-202.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY25, including a Zero Emission Fleet Study and term staffing, will be eliminated from the base in the outyears.
Debt Service0.000000342.0000001929.0000001927.0000001932.000000-1726.000000
Debt service estimates include Liquor Control Revenue Bonds, Master Lease Agreements for Forklifts, Delivery Trucks, and ERP system.
Labor Contracts0.000000937.000000937.000000937.000000937.000000937.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures74605.00000075682.00000077269.00000077267.00000077272.00000073614.000000
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