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Mid-August track work will have the most direct effect on stations serving Rockville as Metro continues its SafeTrack work plan to improve Metrorail safety and restore service reliability.
The Rockville Mayor and Council approved on June 20 a three-year agreement with Rockville Economic Development Inc. that outlays $556,770 in funding for the nonprofit organization.
“We look forward to continuing to serve the Mayor and Council, residents and business community of Rockville as the economic development agency helping businesses to launch, locate and expand in the City of Rockville,” said REDI Executive Director Laurie Boyer.
The Mayor and Council also approved funding for businesses seeking to grow or relocate in Rockville.
Parking meters, fees and signage were among the topics of a June 13 Mayor and Council discussion about parking in Rockville Town Center.
The discussion was a follow-up to a Feb. 25 work session, during which the Mayor and Council met with parking area owner/operators, merchants and parking users. Participants at that session said that parking fees and expired parking meter fines, as well as customers’ inability to find parking, is putting merchants at a disadvantage when competing with other retail districts that offer free parking.
Rockville’s mentoring program can be as worthwhile for the mentors as it is for the young people whose lives those mentors influence. The program for the 2015-2016 school year was a success with 57 children and mentors.
Counseling is available this summer for kids 18 and younger through the Rockville Community Services Division. The counseling is for children, youth and families experiencing mild mental health problems related to their personal, social or family well-being.
The Community Services Division is certified as a regional youth services provider and offers formal counseling to young people and their families who live in or attend schools located within Rockville city limits.
Referrals are usually made by family members, school staff or county agencies. On referral, a psychosocial intake assessment is completed, a treatment plan formulated with the client and weekly counseling scheduled.
Sessions are held in the Community Services Division office at Rockville City Hall, 111 Maryland Ave., or in the guidance offices of Rockville, Wootton and Richard Montgomery high schools.
For a counseling referral or for more information, contact James M. Miller, youth and family counselor, at 240-314-8318 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rockville’s Mayor and Council are developing a comprehensive naming and commemoration policy and want community input.
The draft policy outlines procedures for naming public properties, as well as recognizing individuals or groups that have played a significant role in Rockville. Recognition can be in the form of naming a city property, installing a commemorative plaque or naming an award.
The City of Rockville charges all residents a real property tax that is based on the city’s tax rate multiplied by the value of the property.
For Fiscal Year 2017, under the budget passed by the Mayor and Council on May 16 (see article on this page), the real property tax rate will remain at $0.292 per $100 of assessed value. FY17 begins July 1.
The State of Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) determines the assessed property value for all properties located in the City of Rockville by assessing real property every three years.
Legislation passed in May by the Montgomery County Council will defer property tax increases for county residents 65 and older who have an annual income less than $80,000.
Under the measure, seniors will be able to defer increases on their principal residence without any interest until they sell their homes, according to a press release from the council; $80,000 is the median income for Montgomery County seniors. The deferral affects about half the county’s senior population who pay county property taxes.