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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.

By Miranda Spivack  |  May 8, 2009; 3:28 PM ET
Categories:  Miranda Spivack , Montgomery County  
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If Ike Leggett is so in love with affordable housing, then he ought to go live in the midst of it. Affordable housing has brought nothing but crime, poverty, and higher taxes to Montgomery County. If you can't afford to live here, then move to somewhere where you can afford to live. Montgomery County isn't the only place in the USA that has homes.

Posted by: postisarag | May 9, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Giving homeowners a 13.5% increase in property taxes during a recession has caused hundreds of foreclosures for people living on the edge. Most homes in Montgomery
Counthy are overrassessed 10-15% due to dropped home values, so the counthy is already getting a windfall from homeowners. Stop using homeowners as an ATM.

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | May 10, 2009 8:08 AM | Report abuse

But let's keep it a "secret" that Superintendent Weast has his own slush fund of cash that isn't brought to the council for appropriation. SHHH!
Yes, keep taxing the citizens and hiding millions and millions of dollars in funds that Superintendent Weast is taking in, but not bringing to the Board or Council for allocation to school or county needs. Let's see, would we need the ambulance fee if the slush fund was brought to the table?

Posted by: jzsartucci | May 11, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

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