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Tensions High Between Leggett, MoCo Council

Tensions reached a new high this morning at the County Council's first meeting with County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) in more than a month.

This being Montgomery County, the tenor of the discussion was polite and no one pounded a fist at the table, but it was by far the most heated public exchange between the executive and the council.

Leggett called out council members for rejecting a long list of his proposed spending cuts during last year's budget debate, saying their actions had left him with few options for fiscal 2010. Budget writers are projecting a shortfall of about $250 million.

"We have to get on the same page here in terms of reductions," Leggett said, stressing that the council's practice had been to add, not cut spending.

Council President Mike Knapp looked baffled and said Leggett's assertion was off base.

"If we're going to get on the same page, let's get on the same page," he said. "If we want to cast aspersions across the table, that's fine."

Knapp and Leggett shook hands when the meeting ended, but the jousting portends another tough budget season ahead.

By Ann Marimow  |  September 9, 2008; 3:28 PM ET
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I hate to see this happy one-party family fighting. Don't worry they can always just raise taxes again. Everyone in MoCo has bottomless pockets, right?

Posted by: Afpre42 | September 10, 2008 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Re: One Party county...true enough, the GOP was run out of MoCo town on a rail long ago. So, now we have individuals who are both Democrats and individual approaches to solving the same problem.

Welcome to America. It is important that these elected officials work together (opposing viewpoints should be welcome) to control the damage all Americans are facing. There is a lot at stake and the challenges states and counties faces are great. Our national economy is failing for some time now and the humongous federal deficit means lean times for states and counties.

Work together folks...enough with the partisan hatred...we have who we have...if you don't like folks in for someone else NEXT election! In the meantime, the hating is counterproductive for us all.

Posted by: Donny | September 10, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Help is on the way! Question B will make it more difficult for Leggett and Knapp to give us the biggest propert tax increase in 21 years next year, just like they gave us the biggest property tax increase in 20 years this year. Vote FOR B. Save Our Homes!

Vote AGAINST Question A where Leggett and Knapp try to remove voter-approved prohibitions against garbage dumps and sewage sludge trenching in residential zones. Save Our Homes!

Posted by: Robin Ficker, Broker Robin Realty | September 10, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

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