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Mission Statement

The goals of the County Government relating to utility consumption are to:

  • achieve energy savings by the elimination of wasteful or inefficient operation of building systems;
  • continue improvements in energy efficiency in all County operations; and
  • obtain required energy fuels at the most favorable cost to the County.

The Department of General Services manages the payment for over 1,500 separately metered utility accounts for these County facilities, streetlights, and traffic control signalized intersections.


Budget Overview

The FY23 Recommended Budget for the tax-supported Utilities NDA is $25,262,597 an increase of $1,546,102 or 6.5 percent from the FY22 Approved Budget of $23,716,495. Allocation of these utilities expenditures is approximately: electricity, 74.5 percent; natural gas, 10.4 percent; water and sewer, 9.6 percent. Renewable energy and other expenses total 5.5 percent.

The FY23 Recommended Budget includes County government utilities expenditures for both tax and non-tax supported operations. Tax-supported utilities expenditures related to the General Fund departments are budgeted in the Utilities NDA, while utilities expenditures related to special fund departments are budgeted in those funds. Some of these special funds, such as Recreation and portions of the Department of Transportation, are tax supported. Other special funds, such as Solid Waste, are supported through user fees or charges for services, instead of through taxes.

Utilities expenditures are also found in the budgets of other County agencies: Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), Montgomery College, WSSC Water, and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). The total budget request for these outside agencies is $70,918,478, which includes the entire bi-county area of WSSC Water.

The FY23 Recommended tax supported budget for Utilities Management, including both the General Fund NDA ($25,262,597) and the other tax supported funds ($4,604,165), is $29,866,762, an increase of $2,549,495 or approximately 9.3 percent above the FY22 Approved utilities budget. The FY23 Recommended Budget for non-tax supported utilities expenditures is $4,406,111, an increase of $4,491 above the FY22 Approved Budget.

Increased utilities expenditures result primarily from greater consumption due to new facilities or services, facilities reopening after COVID closures, increased rates, and in some cases a more precise alignment of budgeted costs with actual prior year expenditures by utility type. Energy conservation and cost-saving measures (e.g., new building design, lighting technology, energy, and HVAC management systems) help offset increased utility consumption and higher unit costs. Reductions in energy consumption at County facilities due to telework also contribute to reduced utility expenditures. Renewable energy includes the purchase of credits to offset fossil fuel purchases.

Unleaded gasoline, diesel, and compressed natural gas fuels are purchased from various providers, and are budgeted in the Department of General Services, Division of Fleet Management Services and not the General Fund Utilities NDA. The General Fund Utilities NDA also includes expenses (under the "Other" category) for consultant support and energy accounting software.

The following is a description of utility service requirements for departments which receive tax or non-tax supported appropriations for utilities expenditures. The utilities expenditures for the non-tax supported operations are appropriated within their respective operating funds but are described in the combined utilities presentation for reader convenience.

Department of General Services

The Department of General Services is responsible for managing all utilities for general County operations including all County office buildings, police stations, libraries, health and human services facilities, correctional facilities, maintenance buildings, and warehouses.

Department of Transportation
The Department of Transportation manages all County streetlights, traffic signals, traffic count stations, and flashing school signs. The utilities expenditures for these devices are budgeted here as this Department designs, installs, controls, and maintains them. In addition, minimal utility costs for the Operations Center and Highway Maintenance Depots are budgeted in the Traffic Engineering component of the General Fund NDA.

Division of Transit Services - Mass Transit
The Department of Transportation Mass Transit Facilities Fund supports all utilities associated with the Ride On transit centers and Park and Ride Lots.

Department of Recreation
The Department of Recreation funds all utility costs for its recreational facilities located throughout the County, such as swimming pools, community recreation centers, and senior centers.

Fleet Management Services

The Department of General Services - Fleet Management Services utility expenditures are displayed in the Special Fund Agencies - Non-Tax Supported section, to reflect that Fleet Management Services expenditures are appropriated in the budgets of other departments, and are not appropriated in Fleet Services.

The Department of General Services - Fleet Management Services Motor Pool Internal Service Fund supports all utilities associated with the vehicle maintenance garages in Rockville, Silver Spring, and Gaithersburg. Fuel for the County's fleet is also budgeted in that special fund, but these costs are not included in the utilities expenditures displayed in this section.

Parking Districts
The Parking Districts fund utility expenditures associated with the operation of all County-owned parking garages and parking lots.

Alcohol Beverage Services
Alcohol Beverage Services funds utility expenditures associated with the operation of the liquor warehouse, administrative offices, and the County operated retail liquor stores.

Department of Environmental Protection, Recycling and Resource Management
Recycling and Resource Management funds utility expenditures associated with the operation of the County's Solid Waste Management System. Utilities expenditures associated with the operation of the Oaks Sanitary Landfill maintenance building, the County's Recycling Center, the Resource Recovery Facility, and most of the Solid Waste Transfer Station are currently the responsibility of the operators. Only the site office and maintenance depot costs continue to be budgeted as an identifiable utilities expenditure in the Solid Waste Disposal Fund.

County Priority Outcomes

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

  • A Greener County
  • Easier Commutes

Budget Trends
Program Contacts

Contact Angela Dizelos of the Department of General Services/Utilities Management at 240.777.6028 or Anita Aryeetey of the Office of Management and Budget at 2407772784 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
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Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
County General Fund Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Operating Expenses22600087.0023716495.00 23716495.00 25262597.006.5
County General Fund Expenditures22600087.0023716495.00 23716495.00 25262597.006.5
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
FY23 Recommended Changes
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY22 Operating Expenses15461020.00
FY23 RECOMMENDED252625970.00
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
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No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Brookville Microgrid Payments0.0000001155.0000002136.0000002371.0000002371.0000002371.000000
These payments fund the solar microgrid installation at the Brookville Bus Depot in Silver Spring. In the future, a portion of these costs will be charged to the Transit budget where there will also be offsetting fuel cost savings. The exact cost allocations will vary based on the pace and scope of bus fleet electrification.
Subtotal Expenditures25263.00000026418.00000027399.00000027634.00000027634.00000027634.000000
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