Monday, May 16, 2011

Full Budget Worksession May 17

At 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17, we will continue our discussions on the FY12 operating budget request of Montgomery County Public Schools.

The morning session also will include a discussion about School Resource Officers—members of the Police Department who are assigned to certain schools. We likely will debate whether we think the officers should be funded from the MCPS budget, from County funds or whether the program should be continued at all. The County Executive’s recommended budget proposes to eliminate the program, for a projected savings of $1.05 million. His budget assumes the officers will be reassigned as staffing enhancements in the Silver Spring Central Business District.

We will hold a worksession on the County Executive’s recommended community (discretionary) grants and on Council grants. County Executive Leggett has recommended 74 community grants totaling $2.89 million. We will discuss adding 37 additional staff-recommended grants totaling $1.02 million. Those recommendations may change during the worksession.

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