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Mayor and Council to Hold Budget Hearing, Receive Utility Rate Structure Presentation

FY22 Budget Survey Available

The Mayor and Council continue their work on the Fiscal Year 2022 budget in January with a public hearing and a presentation on proposed rates and rate structure for the city’s water and sewer funds.

The city hired a consultant to develop a new utility rate structure, under which the Mayor and Council would set water and sewer rates based on property type, such as single-family, multifamily or nonresidential. If approved, the new structure and new rates would take effect in FY22, which begins July 1. For information about the current rate structure, see page 371 of the FY 2021 budget, at www.rockvillemd.gov/budget.

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FY 2020 Financial Reports Highlight Rockville’s Finances

Summaries Look at the City’s Fiscal Health

Two annual reports that city staff delivered to the Mayor and Council on Dec. 7 give the public a closer look at Rockville’s financial health during the most recently completed fiscal year.

For Fiscal Year 2020, which closed June 30, the city ended “with a healthy overall net position of $293.4 million,” City Manager Rob DiSpirito wrote in the city’s Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR), a summary document highlighting the city’s finances. Net position is a useful indicator of a government’s financial health and represents total assets minus total liabilities.

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Check Once, Check Twice

State, county and city actions to slow the spread of COVID-19 mean uncertainty for activities, programs and facility hours in the City of Rockville. Please check our online resources to see if any information contained in this edition of “Rockville Reports” has changed.

New Year’s Day, Friday, Jan. 1: City government will be closed. Recycling and trash is not collected on Fridays. Collections will occur as usual this holiday week.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 18: City government will be closed. Recycling and trash collections will occur one day later than usual throughout the week.

The Rockville Swim and Fitness Center will be open to residents and facility members only, with limited services and activities on Dec. 31, will be closed Jan. 1 and open Jan. 18. Visit www.rockvillemd.gov/swimcenter for details.

Parking will be free at city-owned meters on Jan. 1 and 18.

For more information on recycling and trash collection, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/recycling-trash or call 240-314-8568.

Learn more at www.rockvillemd.gov or call 240-314-5000.

COVID-19: State is Recruiting Medical Workers

Montgomery County remains in the second of three reopening phases, with reopening guidelines limiting office use and encouraging telework.

With these guidelines in mind, the city is not able to welcome visitors back to City Hall or many city facilities, and no definitive date for reopening can be established at this time.

Information about the city’s response to the pandemic is available at www.rockvillemd. gov, on social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Nextdoor), and on Rockville 11 (channel 11 on county cable).

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City Legislative Priorities: Schools, Seniors, Fighting Climate Change and Protecting Homes

Maryland General Assembly’s 90-Day Session Begins Jan. 13

Rockville’s 2021 state legislative priorities include education funding, opposition to the state’s plan to widen Interstate 270, a noise barrier, combating climate change, an independent congressional redistricting commission and more.

Photo of the dome of the Maryland State House in Annapolis.

The 2021 state legislative session runs from Jan. 13-April 12 in Annapolis.

Under priorities approved by the Mayor and Council on Nov. 2, the city will advocate for:

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Salute Your City Employees!

The City of Rockville thanks and salutes its essential workers!

Here are just a few of our valuable colleagues who are continuing to deliver services to you.

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Matching Grant Program Seeks Projects to Improve Communities

Applications Accepted Starting Dec. 14

The city’s matching grant program helps neighbors work together to accomplish common goals that support the health, vitality and inclusivity of the place they call home.

Community Empowerment Matching Grant applications will be accepted starting Monday, Dec. 14. The application deadline is Friday, Feb. 5.

Neighborhood, civic or homeowners associations, community groups, organized groups of neighbors and student groups are eligible to apply. Neighbors and organizations willing to match funding through cash, in-kind donations and volunteer hours are also eligible.

Applications are reviewed and grants awarded by the City Manager’s Office. Grants typically range from $500-$1,000 and must benefit a clearly identified area within city limits.

Grant funds will become available after Friday, March 5.

To see the objectives for matching grants, and for an applications form and additional information, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/communityempowerment.

City’s Procurement Division Wins Award for Excellence

The City of Rockville’s Procurement Division has been recognized for excellence, receiving the 2020 Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Procurement Institute, Inc.

The award is earned by public and nonprofit agencies that demonstrate a commitment to procurement excellence. NPI’s annual program, in its 25th year, recognizes procurement organizations that embrace innovation, professionalism, productivity, leadership and e-procurement.

Rockville is one of only five agencies in Maryland, and 69 cities in the U.S. and Canada, to receive the recognition.

In 2020, the program had 188 successful applicants, including 40 counties, 69 cities, 15 higher education agencies, 22 school districts, 34 special districts, five state agencies and three others.

Final Days to Take Climate Action Plan Survey

Nearly 50 people attended an open house on Nov. 17 to share their vision for Rockville’s Climate Action Plan. There’s still time for you to share your thoughts on the plan, a Mayor and Council priority initiative, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare the community to adapt to a changing climate.

Share your vision by taking a survey, through 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, and/or by attending virtual office hours from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1 to learn more about climate change and discuss your ideas. Register for the office hours and find the survey at www.rockvillemd.gov/climate.

City Seeks Input on Short-Term Residential Rentals at Second Public Hearing

The Mayor and Council will hold a second public hearing virtually, Monday, Jan. 11, to gather input on whether to develop recommendations to regulate short-term residential rentals in Rockville.

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