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Montgomery County Council Gives Initial Approval to Fiscal 2019 Capital and Operating Budgets

Members expected to vote May 24 on final passage of operating budget that’s nearly $ 15 million higher than county executive’s proposal

County To Gauge Developer Interest in Project on Waverly Garage Property

MCDOT says mixed-use development could add parking space at the site

Rockville Approves $ 136 Million Budget

Property tax rate remains the same in fiscal 2019

Winery Owners, Some Farmers at Odds Over Loosening Zoning Rules in Agricultural Reserve To Allow More Farm Alcohol Production

Black Ankle Vineyards and Old Westminster Winery founders, who are opening new wineries in Clarksburg, welcomed the proposed changes

County Council Unanimously Approves Zoning Changes for Small Cell Antennas

Move will enable more antennas to be installed in mixed-use, commercial and industrial zones

Gaithersburg-based Academic Program To Offer ‘Fresh Start’ to Students Recovering from Addiction

Program backed by MCPS, service providers could get up and running over the summer

Robin Ficker Faces Midnight Deadline To Qualify for Public Financing

Republican county executive candidate said he was unaware he had to meet the requirements 45 days before the June 26 primary election because he doesn’t have a primary opponent

Supreme Court Knocks Down Barrier to Legalized Sports Betting; Ervin Encouraged To Join Gubernatorial Contest

News, announcements and other helpful links for Tuesday morning

County Council Votes Against Leggett’s Plan To Change Stormwater Project Contracting

Divided members decide to keep method that environmental agency officials described as costly and inefficient for now, but do agree to reduce capital budget for stormwater projects

Week Ahead: Public Hearing on Amazon-Related Zoning Change

Plus: Bethesda summer concerts kickoff Thursday; county executive candidate forum Thursday

Some in D.C. Area Wonder if Region Could Handle an Amazon Headquarters; Metro To Extend Rail Service for Caps Game

News, announcements and other helpful links for Monday morning

County Trying To Work Out Agreement With National Park Service To Maintain Control of Glen Echo Park

If deal isn’t worked out, local officials fear it would be unclear who is responsible for managing the park

Pepco Requests Rate Decrease This Year

Move comes after Montgomery County forced a settlement agreement with the utility

Number of Homeless People Counted in Montgomery County’s Annual Census Falls by 6 Percent

Point-in-time survey found 840 homeless individuals on a night in January

County Activates Bethesda’s First All-Pedestrian Intersection To Improve Safety

Light at Arlington Road and Bethesda Avenue will stop cars in all directions for pedestrians

Montgomery County To Test Pop-Up Bike Lane in Downtown Bethesda

Officials will set up the lane on May 18 for Bike to Work Day

Berliner, Hucker Block Leggett’s Plan To Reform Stormwater Project Contracting

Council members want environmental department to use traditional contracting method, despite comments from county executive and environmental agency director who say it’s inefficient and costly

WSSC Wins Preliminary Approval From County Council for 4.5 Percent Rate Increase

Move will mark the 15th straight year the agency has raised its water and sewer rates

County Council Weighs Adding $ 21.6 Million More to Next Year’s Proposed Budget

Members also recommended just $ 1.6 million in cuts from County Executive Ike Leggett’s spending plan, significantly less than in previous years

Planning Board Gives Thumbs-Up to Proposal for Expediting Corporate Headquarters Projects

County officials say measure would smooth Amazon’s arrival if company decides to move in
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