Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Statement of Duchy Trachtenberg on the Capital Improvements Program (CIP) Budget Proposed by Executive

"I was absolutely thrilled to see the County Executive's strong support for Montgomery County schools in the CIP. This is the right time to be making these types of visionary decisions. We have a world-class school system that has earned Montgomery County the reputation of being one of the best, if not the best, place for children to grow, learn and achieve their potential. I strongly support the County Executive's CIP," stated Duchy Trachtenberg.

County Executive Ike Leggett transmitted to the County Council the Recommended FY11-16 Capital Improvements Program on January 15, 2010. The recommendation maintains Montgomery County's commitment to quality education by supporting critical school capacity, modernization, capital maintenance, and health and safety projects in our public schools. The County Executive increased the local share of school funding by $220.4 million, over a 21% increase. Moreover, the general obligation bond funding for school facilities increased by over $217 million, a 29.4% increase which reflects the high priority given to the Montgomery County school system. The $1.485 billion CIP budget for schools represents a 16.8% increase from the most recent $1.271 billion six year program. It should be noted that the County Executive funded 99.1% of the Board of Education's original six-year request. This shows solid support for our county's public education system in light of the economic recession.

Councilmember Duchy Trachtenberg is Chair of the Management and Fiscal Policy Committee.

To view the complete FY11-16 CIP, click here.

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