Leggett Scolds MoCo Council on Affordable Housing
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) today criticized the County Council's latest take on the county's $4 billion-plus budget, telling the 18th annual Affordable Housing Conference that the council should drop a proposal that he said would put the brakes on funding increases for a county program aimed at providing financing for moderate-income housing.
In an interview after the noon speech at the county's convention center in North Bethesda, Leggett said the spending plan now being devised by the council would put county leaders in the position of going back on promises to boost affordable housing.
"However you look at this, it is a cut that is inconsistent with what everyone has said," Leggett said. He urged the council instead to reconsider his plan to institute a fee for emergency ambulance services that would add about $15 million to the county treasury.
Much of that would be picked up by insurance, he said, and would enable the county to avoid cuts in health care, housing and other social programs he said are sorely needed.
The council has balked at approving the ambulance fee, which is opposed by the county's well-organized volunteer firefighters and some residents.
May 8, 2009; 3:28 PM ET
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