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MoCo Council Takes Aim at Commission Stipends

Before wrapping up for the holiday recess this week, some Montgomery County Council members took aim at a small, but significant line item in the budget. Council member George Leventhal is leading the charge to wipe out the county's Fire and Rescue Commission.

Why this commission among Montgomery's 83 advisory boards? Leventhal and others seem particularly offended that the commission's seven members are paid $1,000 for each monthly meeting, some of which he says last only 10 minutes.

But boosters of the commission, including the volunteer firefighter organization, see a different motiviation. The panel recently voted to oppose County Executive Isiah Leggett's proposed ambulance transport fee.

Even so, Leggett (D) was reluctant to get behind the idea this week. He supports the concept, he said, but would prefer to take a more comprehensive look at the role of all of the county's boards and commissions.

By Ann Marimow  |  December 11, 2008; 4:04 PM ET
Categories:  Ann Marimow , Montgomery County  
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Why do the council and executive need 83 advisory boards to advise them? Why should ANY of these advisory boards be paid? There are thousands of college graduates in Montgomery County who would be glad to give these elected officials their opinions for free.

The council and executive are obviously trying to buy votes in the poorly attended (less that 10% of all voters) Democratic primaries. They are using the homeowners as ATMs to pay for these Primary votes. The advisory board mentioned here is just one example of government waste and inefficiency. The council and executive have no will or interest is making cuts when they can use homeowners as ATMs. They are a group of handwringers. Save Our Homes!

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | December 12, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Aren't Leggett and the council acting like Gov. Blagojevich here? They have people on the dole and then if they don't come up with the appropriate opinion, they are off the dole. Why are they on the dole in the first place. I have the feeling that if these Montgomery County officials had the power to appoint a U.S. Senator they would be playing a more serious game than they are playing with these advisory commission appointments.

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | December 12, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

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