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May 3 is the New Cutoff for Comments on Rockville’s FY 2022 Budget

Image of budget document and calendar page with Spanish-language text encouraging participation in the city's budget process.

The community can offer ideas and feedback about the City of Rockville’s proposed budget through 5 p.m. Monday, May 3, after the Mayor and Council agreed this week to extend the public comment period.

Visit www.rockvillemd.gov/budget to review the proposed budget and offer ideas using the budget survey available in English and Spanish, or submit testimony in writing to mayorcouncil@rockvillemd.gov or Mayor and Council, City Hall, 111 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850. Testimony must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, May 3.

Public participation in the budget process is a high priority for the Mayor and Council and city staff. Completing the survey provides valuable input to the Mayor and Council for their budget discussions.

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Meet a Rockville Employee: Cecil “C.J.” Rucker

Cecil “C.J.” Rucker

Cecil “C.J.” Rucker joined the City of Rockville in December. He works for the City of Rockville’s Housing and Community Services Division. We asked him a few questions about his job to introduce him to the Rockville community.

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Rockville City Academy Offers a Fresh Perspective on Rockville’s Government

The Rockville City Academy returns in May, offering community members an opportunity to better understand how the City of Rockville operates, with a closer look at city departments and services.

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Mayor and Council to Hold Public Hearing on Annexation

The Mayor and Council will hold a virtual public hearing, Monday, May 17, on a proposal to annex an almost 10.3-acre plot of land at 16200 Frederick Road.

The annexation was initiated through a petition to the city by Victor, Inc., the property’s owner, with a request to zone the area as mixed-use corridor district.

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Public Hearing and Survey Provide Final Opportunities for Budget Input

2022 Budget Cover

Rockville’s Mayor and Council begin wrapping up budget deliberations this month with their final scheduled public hearing and work session before the scheduled adoption of the Fiscal Year 2022 budget.

The budget, which covers the fiscal year that begins July 1, is scheduled for adoption on Monday, May 3.

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Second Rockville Business Forum Will Discuss Available Resources and Offer Opportunity for Businesses to Discuss Their Needs

NOTE: This article has been updated to reflect new meeting link and contact information.

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed enormous stress on local businesses, and the City of Rockville has partnered with the Rockville Chamber of Commerce, Rockville Economic Development, Inc., and Maryland Women’s Business Center to help.

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Working on a Historic Property? You Could Qualify for a Tax Credit

Restoring or repairing the outside of a historic home? Preserving the exterior of a historic structure? You could be eligible for a property tax credit.

Rockville participates in a tax credit program for local structures designated as historic.

Learn how to apply for a historic preservation tax credit from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4 at a virtual workshop. The Montgomery County Planning Department will provide an overview of the county’s historic preservation tax credit program and application requirements.

To RSVP to attend, visit https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ehjqdz644b091e7f&oseq=&c=&ch=.

If your property in Rockville is designated by the city as historic and you spent at least $1,000 on exterior maintenance between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2020, you may be eligible for reduction of your property taxes for the coming year, up to 25% of the approved expenses.

Eligible projects include:

• Exterior painting.

• Uncovering and repairing original siding.

• Repairing roofs or replacing them in-kind.

• Repointing brick or stone foundations, or chimneys.

• Repairing windows, architectural trim or ornament.

• Repairing and maintaining outbuildings, such as barns and garages.

• Restoring a documented feature, such as a dormer or porch that was previously altered or removed.

For more information, contact 240-314-8230 or email history@rockvillemd.gov.

Applications should be postmarked by April 15, and sent to Rockville Historic Preservation, City Hall, 111 Maryland Ave., Rockville MD 20850.

Meet a Rockville Employee: Andrea Escher

Andrea Escher, RCPD public information officer.

Andrea Escher was recently named the Rockville City Police Department’s public information officer. This civilian position is in addition to the many roles she already plays within the department.

What has your role been with the RCPD?
I began working with the city police in 2012.

I definitely wear many different hats at RCPD! First, and foremost, I am the executive assistant to Chief Victor Brito, and handle all administrative tasks in the Office of the Chief. But many city employees know me as the person to contact when they are having issues with their access cards or security cameras at city facilities. I assist with the recruitment of new police officers, organize community and department public safety events, coordinate the internal police officer promotion process, and try to provide the best customer service to other city staff and departments, local police agencies, and the Rockville community.

Tell us about your new role. What do you do as a public information officer?
I have spent many years working in communications, and I have recently taken on a new role as the police department’s public information officer. I now serve as the primary point of contact when the media is seeking information about a crime or event that the police department has responded to. I also run the police department’s social media, draft press releases, and respond to any and all questions people may have about public safety in Rockville.

Anything else?
Follow city police on Facebook, Twitter (@RockvilleCityPD) and Instagram (@rockvillecitypolice).

What’s Your Vision?

Get involved with Vision Zero, the city’s strategy to eliminate traffic and pedestrian fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy and fair mobility for all. Help us better understand your transportation, pedestrian and bicycle safety experience in Rockville by completing an online survey at www.rockvillemd.gov/visionzero. Older residents who would like assistance completing the survey can call the Rockville Senior Center at 240-314-8816.

Raking News: Spring Leaf Collection in April

See interactive map at www.rockvillemd.gov/leafcollection.


Area 1: April 5 & 6
Area 2: April 7 & 8
Area 3: April 9 & 12
Area 4: April 13 & 14
Area 5: April 15 & 16


The city will vacuum leaves from neighborhood curbs from April 5-16 in five collection areas throughout Rockville.

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