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.
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