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Mayor and Council Adopt Budget Guidelines, Look to Next Step
The Mayor and Council voted unanimously Jan. 18 to adopt the City Manager’s recommended guidelines for building the FY12 budget.
Prior to the Jan. 18 meeting Stepon the guidelines, the Mayor and Council received two budget previews
“Achieving all of the budget guidelines is a challenge I welcome,” said Councilmember Bridget Donnell Newton. “Accomplishing such will require timely and accurate forecasting by our staff who in turn must rely on the same from the county and state. In creating a balanced budget, I look forward to considered and collegial discussions incorporating each of our viewpoints but most importantly those of the citizens of Rockville for whom we are the true stewards of their tax dollars.”
The first preview on Oct. 18 provided summary information for each of the City’s operating funds, including proposed rates and revenue and expenditure estimates.
The second preview on Nov. 8 focused on the results of a survey completed by the Mayor and Council, in which they indicated their early preferences for funding City programs and projects, as well as for the guidelines.
On Feb. 28, the final scheduled preview will again present revenue and expenditure estimates, but those estimates will be more definitive, which will help the Mayor and Council give more specific direction to guide the City Manager in developing the FY12 budget.
“I approach every budget from the perspective of serving the largest number of Rockville residents,” said Councilmember Piotr Gajewski. “That is why, for me, it is critically important to hear from as many people as possible about what they look for from their Rockville government. I do not want to have to guess.”
The budget guidelines the Mayor and Council adopted Jan. 18 for the General Fund are listed below.
General Fund Expenditure
How to Get Involved
To learn more about the FY12 budget, go to the “It’s Your Money” page on the City website at www.rockvillemd.gov/budget.