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SPEAK OUT: The Montgomery County Council’s 2012 Accomplishments

What do you think of Councilman Roger Berliner’s list of council ‘wins?’

In his last day as president of the Montgomery County Council, Roger Berliner spoke with reporters in Rockville, recounting a year that included continued budget wrangling, squabbles over Pepco's performance and steps to aid small businesses and stimulate economic development.

Click here to a see a video of Berliner’s remarks.

Councilwoman Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring took the reins as the council’s new president on Tuesday.

But before he stepped aside during Tuesday's council meeting, Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Potomac outlined what he sees as the council’s greatest accomplishments during his yearlong term.

Click here to read Berliner’s remarks in their entirety. 

The council on Tuesday also released a list of accomplishments from the past year, including:

  • Fiscal stewardship, including a property tax rate below the county’s charter limit for the first time in 11 years.
  • A focus on economic development, including creation of a “small business navigator” to help businesses wade through government regulations and bureaucracy and
  • Pursuing expanded transportation options, including planning for bus rapid transit.
  • Support of Montgomery County Public Schools.
  • Strengthening the county’s safety net services, including health care for the uninsured.
  • Protecting the environment, including new business codes that promote energy efficiency and a tax credit for green businesses.
  • Enhanced public safety, including reforms to the police disability retirement system.
  • Promoted affordable housing through legislation requiring consideration of affordable housing collocation on county-owned land.
  • Advocating for “21st century” utility service, including increased reliability for all utility ratepayers.
  • Support of the county’s arts organizations, libraries, and recreation centers, including the restoration of staffing and hours at some libraries.
  • Support for seniors, veterans and working families, including a “Senior Agenda” for funding senior services in the budget.
  • Support for people with disabilities, including backing ballot Question A, which supports preferential hiring in county government for people with disabilities.
  • Innovation and good government, including funding a new couty position of Chief Innovation Officer.
  • Infrastructure funding, including increases for road maintenance and resurfacing and for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission's water and sewer pipe maintenance and replacement programs.

Tell us: What were the County Council’s big wins for the year? What work remains to be done?

Stop re-electing these people December 06, 2012 at 03:44 PM
How many of thiose cost the county money vs saved the county money?
Stop re-electing these people December 06, 2012 at 04:15 PM
No, it is spend spend spend. Raise parking rates in Bethesda, spend spend spend, build more build more forget to look how the building will impact the schools. spend spend spend build onto the court house instead of preventing crime in the first place.
Stop re-electing these people December 06, 2012 at 06:42 PM
The BUP collects the $ but it is used in other UP areas that are not thriving. -wheaton and SIlver SPring. Attend or go look at the transcripts from the council hearing saying they need to raise the rates in bethesda to suport the other areas. Flooreen then says-Bethesda-The cash register of the county.
jag December 06, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Silver Spring's not thriving? Did I wake up in 1992 today?
MD December 07, 2012 at 03:13 PM
I agree, most of what listed is COSTING the tax payers money, NOT saving it. The county has taxed us to death on cell phones, internet, water, electric, property, ect. I'm SHOCKED that I'm not paying from my payroll (yet!). And this article and the county left out the fact that the council passed the amblance fee at which the voters have said that they didnt want it. They CHOOSE NOT to listen to the people! We need to VOTE them OUT!
jag December 07, 2012 at 04:10 PM
...duh. That's the point of government: to allocate resources. And yes, that includes paying for massive infrastructure costs associated with things like our sewer system and electric grid. So sorry the vast majority of us live in the real world - where things cost money. Head off to a Communist country of your choice if you hate paying for the things around you.
tom norris December 07, 2012 at 04:23 PM
The County Council has left Burtonsville in a state of economic blight and crisis. They stubbornly refuse to promote Smart Growth next to the failing shopping center. They refuse to create jobs and use the existing infrastructure of old Business Rt 29 to provide much needed housing to help the failing business community that has been devastated by the Rt 29 By-Pass. www.SaveBurtonsville.com The County has wasted two years pretending that they were going to make some much needed changes in Burtonsville, including allowing residential development in the town that has none. However, when the County Plan was examined, it actually provided no housing whatsoever. It was all a slick diversion to maintain the "no growth" status quo, which has been promoted by a small group of no growth insiders. It is obviously time for new politicians to replace the same old crowd that has been in charge for so long. After so many years of trying to revitalize Burtonsville, it is obvious that this group is not up to the task. Shameful.
Ray December 12, 2012 at 01:21 PM
I wish the County actually cared about the public safety employee, fire, EMS, police.

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