Community members can present their needs early in the Fiscal Year 2023 city budget process as the Mayor and Council hold their first budget hearing Monday, Oct. 25.
INITIAL BUDGET PROCESS
- Monday, Oct. 4: American Rescue Plan Act discussion.
- Monday, Oct. 25: Public hearings on the ARPA and on Fiscal Year 2023 budget priorities, and a discussion of FY 2023 buget surveys and the budget calendar.
- Monday, Dec. 13: Discussion of Mayor and Council survey results and priority setting.
- Additional public hearings and work sessions will be held in 2022. The Mayor and Council are scheduled to adopt the budget in May.
The hearing will follow a Monday, Oct. 4 discussion of how to allocate $9.6 million the city received through the federal American Rescue Plan Act, which aids state and local governments in recovering from the budgetary, economic, and financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff will present eligible spending categories and discuss potential ideas with the Mayor and Council. A public hearing on how to allocate the funds will also be held Oct. 25.
Both Mayor and Council meetings are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
To testify at the public hearings, call 240-314-8280 by 10 a.m. Oct. 25, or submit testimony in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org or Mayor and Council, City Hall, 111 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850.
Find more information in the staff report when the agenda is posted several days before the Oct. 25 meeting at www.rockvillemd.gov/AgendaCenter.
The Mayor and Council discussed water and sewer rates during their Sept. 27 meeting. Video of that discussion is available with the Sept. 27 meeting listing at www.rockvillemd.gov/AgendaCenter.
Water and sewer rates will remain the same through the current calendar year. ARPA funds can be used to provide rate relief to water and sewer customers in coming years.
The $141.2 million budget for Fiscal Year 2022, which began July 1, keeps the city’s real property tax rate of $0.292 per $100 of assessed valuation the same. All residential and commercial property owners pay this tax.
For more information, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/budget or call the Finance Department at 240-314-8400.