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Mayor and Council’s Adoption of Guiding Principles Steer Budget Decisions

A group photo of Rockville's current Mayor and Council

The Mayor and Council emerged from discussions this spring with guiding principles that informed the development and adoption of the city’s Fiscal Year 2025 budget.

The budget for FY 2025, which begins July 1, outlines planned spending on city programs, services, infrastructure and administration. It reflects Mayor and Council priorities and sets a course for city government, including the daily work of city departments.

The FY25 budget outlines five guiding principles the Mayor and Council agreed to during priority discussions between March and May.

They include three focus areas: public safety, economic development and housing. These focus areas “represent opportunities to make positive change in specific arenas that the Mayor and Council care deeply about and where the city has considerable leverage to make an impact and produce improved outcomes for our residents, businesses, and visitors,” states the “Guiding Principles and Priorities for FY 2025” section of the budget document.

The two other guiding principles, called “core quality of life commitments,” are effective and efficient service delivery and stewardship of the environment and infrastructure.

“The two Core Commitments broadly represent the most vital work of the city that directly contributes to Rockville being an outstanding place to live, work, play, and thrive,” the budget states. “They reflect the ongoing provision of excellent municipal services and programs, responsibility for the resources entrusted to the city, and the resulting shared quality of life that is valued and expected by the community.”

City staff will continue to review the guiding principles each year, incorporating them throughout the budget document by listing the applicable principle with each operating budget goal and capital project description. “In both cases, the reader can connect the high-level vision of the Mayor and Council to day-to-day activities of the departments,” the budget states.

Find FY25 budget details in the article on this page and at

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