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Montgomery County Council committees will spend Monday discussing County Executive Isiah Leggett's budget recommendations, starting at 9:30 a.m. when the Management and Fiscal Policy Committee holds its first work session this budget season on employee salaries and benefits. It will meet in the Seventh Floor Hearing Room of the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville. The committee is scheduled to make recommendations on to the full Council on May 9. Leggett (D) has signed off on union contracts that would provide most firefighters with a 28 percent pay increase over three years and enhance retirement benefits for some police officers and other government workers.

Also at 9:30 a.m. in the Third Floor Council Conference Room, the Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee will continue discussions of the requested budget for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

At 2 p.m., the Education Committee will continue talking about the budget proposal for the Montgomery County Public Schools in the Seventh Floor Hearing Room, and the Health and Human Services Committee will consider funding for the Arts and Humanities Council and the Montgomery County Historical Society in the Third Floor room.

By Anne Bartlett  |  April 21, 2008; 7:57 AM ET
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The County Government needs to adjust their priorities and concentrate on the basic services that need to be provided and little else. Public safety, education, infrastructure, parks. Not cultural and performing arts centers or giveaway programs. Let those be funded and administered by the private and/or nonprofit sectors.

We are now facing the need to possibly pay more taxes to cover the obligations of Administrations and Councils past. They created huge financial commitments that must either be financed through tax revenues or public/municipal debt. I'm tired of it.

Tax increases are very painful. Borrowing money to run the County for FY09 is ten times worse. That's like getting into credit card trouble - it must be paid with interest in future budget years.

Back to basics and cut the politically correct spending please so that we don't have to encumber more and more $$ for debt service every year.

Posted by: The excesses of the past come back to bite MoCo in the wallet | April 21, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

The very best way to send the county government the message that it has to live within its means is to vote for Mark Fennel on May 13. Fennel a long-time employee of the national non-profit Citizens Against Government Waste is an expert in finding waste, mismanagement and inefficiency in budgets. Citizens Against Government Waste has revealed all three in abundance in both Clinton and Bush administrations.

Fennel is pledged to stick to the charter property tax revenue limit. He supports our November charter amendment to make it more difficult to exceed the charter property tax limit. Fennel opposes the biggest property tax increase in 20 years which has been proposed by our $65,000 john County Executive.

We are in a recession,with $4 gasoline, and 401k's tanking. We have had increases in state sales, income, car and corporate taxes and hikes in water, Metro, and electricity bills along with record foreclosures. Fennel knows we cannot afford the biggest property tax increase on top of all the rest.

Praisner is a Leggett "yes" man who ducked a News Channel 8 interview on Friday in order to go to the beach to recuperate.

Vote for Mark Fennel for County Council and Property Tax relief! MaY 13 IS YOUR DAY TO SEND A POCKETBOOK MESSAGE.

Posted by: Vote for Fennel to send a message! | April 21, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: myflmtghelp | April 21, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Once again the Fennel For Council crowd has posted misinformation about the opposing candidate but says nothing about how Mark Fennel will do what they say.

They say here that "Praisner is a Leggett "yes" man who ducked a News Channel 8 interview on Friday in order to go to the beach to recuperate."

For what feels like the 27th time now:

Praisner went to his beach house to attend a prescheduled HOA meeting. There never was a News Channel 8 interview.

Now, with that out of the way, the question becomes why anyone should place their trust and vote in a candidate who makes up lies about their opponent? That smacks of Clinton tactics. Grow up, people.

Instead of smearing Praisner with false statements, why not publish Mark Fennel's legislative agenda for the transition-in and for FY10? So far all you have put out there is that Fennel is against tax increases and the ICC. That's not a complete legislative agenda, that's a yard sign.

Put your money where your mouths are and post Fennel's legislative agenda and priorities. What is his tactical plan for keeping us out of massive debt while meeting the County's commitments with limited authority to collect revenues to pay for the existing obligations? What is his tactical plan for stopping the massive County money spending machine from going forward this year? For quality schools without waste? For police and fire without waste? Transportation without waste? Eliminating the illegal immigrant problem instead of attracting more? I'd like to hear about HOW Mark Fennel will accomplish all of this! Not asking for a full Gantt chart, just a list and a set of milestones.

I bet all this post will draw as a reply is that Don Praisner is an old man who went out of town, Mark Fennel's wife is an immigrant, the Amish Market found a new lease in PG County, and Ike Leggett is a big spender. Nothing of substance that would show District 4 that Fennel has a thought-out plan to accomplish what he is saying. Mark my words.

Posted by: The Fennel campaign - lies and smears but no action plans | April 21, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

The way to send a message to the county government is to let your elected officials know how you feel by personal conversation, phone, email, fax, letter, or petition.

The way to send a message to the next generation of taxpayers is to leave them a county swimming in debt because it prevented itself from paying for what it owes today with current revenues.

The way to send a message to the investment community is to start racking up huge bond debt because of a reactionary tax limit. They will respond by re-rating the county's municipal bonds as junk and the county will have to pay more interest to get the bonds sold.

So communicate with the elected folks in Rockville now while the budget is being finalized and tell them we are out of money for handouts and pet projects, and to spend only what needs to be spent for the basics. That way we won't be replacing a tax problem now with a debt problem for decades.

Posted by: Sending the right message to the county government | April 21, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Mark Fennel won't vote to exceed the charter property tax limit. Praisner has said repeatedly he will. There is the difference because Leggett has introduced not only the largest property tax increase which exceeds the charter limit this year, but a budget next year that does so and the year after next. That is money you can take to your piggybank.

The reason Praisner didn't do the news Channel 8 interview was because he refused to do it. That is why we didn't see it.

Posted by: Fennel won't exceed the charter property tax limit | April 21, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

That gasoline is taxing you every day more and more isn't it. Eaach day more bad news on the oil front. How would you like the council exceed ing the charter property tax limit on top of that? Fennel won't vote to do it. Praisner will.

Posted by: Gas above $4 gallon | April 21, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Just as expected, the Fennel crowd has re-written the same old tired stuff here and provided no agenda or plan beyond the yard sign promise. I guess once his NAY vote on the charter tax limit increase (if it even comes up) is cast, he will have finished his job and will be a hero.

And this Channel 8 interview of Praisner they keep pointing to still never existed. Mentioning it over and over won't change that. Even if it did, media interviews are not an electoral obligation.

I ask again - what is Mark Fennel's legislative agenda and tactical plan to accomplish it?

I hear crickets......

Posted by: Fennel - STILL no action plan | April 21, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Praisner told the MCEA union he would give them their 30% raises over 3 yeas and raise taxes to do so. Now he is saying he is careful with the dollars of taxpayers. If elected, this 76 year old will vote along to get along and will vote to exceed the charter property tax limit for the rest of his term.

And he did duck the News Channel 8 interview. You didn't see it because he refused to do it. Hiding under his wife's skirts is not going to get us through this recession and $4 gas and the largest property tax increase in 20 years.

Posted by: Praisner triple witching | April 22, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Once again, the Fennel crowd puts forth no legislative agenda or tactical plan. They just throw the same old lame negative stuff at the other candidate.

Still waiting for Fennel's legislative agenda and plan to accomplish it. The silence is deafening. There must be no agenda or plan beyond the one issue vote.

Posted by: Fennel - Same old Smears and Still No Action Plan | April 22, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

After 17 years in office, Praisner's legacy could muster up only 3400 votes. Now his strategy is to have someone who is not connected to the campaign, except remotely, because Praisner is spending his time recovering, come on Maryland Moment and deny what ever it is that is said about Praisner.

Mark Fennel is a long time employee of Citizens Against Government Waste, a national, nonpartisan nonprofit. He will root out waste, mismanagement and inefficiency that Eight council members and a county executive don't have a concept about finding. A unipartisan government breeds corruption and cronyism. Any college graduate knows that.

Posted by: Praisner denial strategy | April 22, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

More of the same. Say negative stuff about Praisner. When you run out of negative stuff, make up some more. Talk about rooting out waste and mismanagement in Montgomery County but offer no tactical solutions. Say nothing about a Fennel legislative agenda or action plan beyond a single issue.

Still waiting for Fennel's legislative agenda and plan to accomplish it. A Vassar graduate should know enough to craft at least a basic plan. It should be within easy reach. What is it?

Still nothing.

Posted by: Fennel - Rehashing the smears but still no agenda or plan | April 22, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

If somebody works for a nonpartisan oranization and runs for office as a Republican or Democrat, isn't that a conflict of interest or something? Doesn't that make them partisan? Shouldn't they run as an independent?

Posted by: Scratching My Head | April 22, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

When somebody wants to find waste, mismanagement and inefficiency like Mark Fennel and vote against exceeding the charter property tax limit, all of a sudden he is a one issue guy.

When Praisner, wants to exceed the charter property tax limit in a recession, with $4 gas and sinking 401k's after increases in income, sales, car and corporate taxes and hikes in water, Metro and electricity fees he has the common good in mind.

Praisner won't be on the job more than 4 hours a day. He is a Leggett yes man, nothing more, running on the name somebody else made.

Posted by: Finding Waste--One Issue; Raising Taxes--Omniscient | April 22, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm starting to doubt that Mark Fennel has a legislative agenda or plan. Nobody can seem to provide one and there's no website out there with one listed. All the Fennel people keep saying the same things over and over, and it's all criticism of the opposing candidate and one issue (taxes). Never an explanation of what else Fennel wants to accomplish or how he plans to make anything happen at all beyond the one vote he promises. You Fennel people seem to be getting angrier and angrier but still put no comprehensive agenda or plan forward. Until there's talk of a legislative agenda and plan from Mark Fennel, Mark Fennel remains a one-issue guy.

Still waiting for the agenda and plan! What is it?

Posted by: Fennel - Six posts so far, same simple chorus, still no agenda or plan | April 22, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes another huge tax increase on top of so many other increases this recession year is too much and affects ALL aspects of our lives. Leggett's biggest property tax increase in 20 years falls into that category. How many foreclosures do you want to cause Don Praisner? How many people do you want to price out of the county Don Praisner. Come on Don, why are you blogging in someone else's name?

Posted by: Praisner thinks every tax increase is one issue | April 22, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Still waiting for the Fennel agenda and plan! What is it?

Posted by: Up to seven posts now, still no agenda or plan | April 22, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

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