November 23, 2015

Montgomery County Government Will Observe the Following Holiday Schedule On Thanksgiving Day

Montgomery County government will observe the following holiday schedule for Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, November 26:
  • County Offices – closed 
  • Libraries – closed 
  • County liquor stores – closed 
  • Recreation – all programs and facilities are closed 
  • Montgomery Parks -- for holiday operating schedule on Parks’ facilities, including Brookside Gardens, ice rinks, tennis centers, trains and carousels, visit
  • Ride On – Sunday schedule 
  • Metrobus – Sunday schedule 
  • Metrorail – Sunday schedule 
  • TRiPS Commuter Stores (Silver Spring and Friendship Heights) -- closed 
  • Refuse/recycling pickup – no collection* 
  • Transfer Station – closed 
  • Parking at public garages, lots, curbside meters – free 
  • MCPS Administrative Offices – closed Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 
  • State offices and courts – closed 
*Collection for Thursday and Friday provided one day later for remainder of week (last collection day is Saturday)

Leggett Hails News of County’s 2015 Triple-A Bond Rating; County Among Best In Nation For Fiscal Responsibility

County Executive Ike Leggett announced that Montgomery County has maintained its Triple-A bond rating for 2015 from three Wall Street bond rating agencies.

Fitch, Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s all affirmed the “AAA” rating – the highest achievable -- for the County. They all termed the outlook for Montgomery County as “stable.”

The Triple-A bond rating enables Montgomery County to sell long-term bonds at the most favorable rates, saving County taxpayers millions of dollars over the life of the bonds. The rating also serves as a benchmark for numerous other financial transactions, ensuring the lowest possible costs in those areas as well.

World Class Chinese Dive Show Comes to Montgomery County

The Montgomery County Recreation Department announces the “East Meets West 2015 Dive Show,” to be held on Sunday, November 29 at 1 p.m., at the Germantown Indoor Swim Center, 18000 Central Park Circle in Boyds.

The show will feature 12 members from China’s Guangdong Provincial Diving Team. The Chinese divers are among the most skilled young divers in the world and are expected to vie for spots on China’s 2020 Olympic squad. The show will also include diving demonstrations from local top young divers and a clown diving exhibition. Live music will be performed by artist BT, a Rockville native, who was nominated for “Best Electronic/Dance Album” category at the 2011 GRAMMY Awards.

For more information visit Chinese Dive Team.

Leggett Spells Out Montgomery County Priorities for the Upcoming Session of the Maryland General Assembly

County Executive Ike Leggett released Montgomery County’s priorities for the session of the Maryland General Assembly due to convene in Annapolis on January 13, 2016.

Highlights of County priorities include increased State funding for school construction, transit, and roads, and support for ongoing County economic development and job initiatives. Both the County Executive and the County Council are opposed to any legislation that would privatize local liquor control – which would undermine public health, stretch thin County law enforcement, and cost County taxpayers more than $30 million a year.

Read more about Montgomery County priorities here.

Montgomery’s Department of Economic Development Is Still On Business

Change is in the air (and on the ground) as developments continue in County Executive Ike Leggett’s creation of new, private 501(C)3 organizations,which will manage the County’s economic development and workforce services.

The Department of Economic Development (DED) is continuing its work on projects to expand Montgomery County’s business base. Read more about the highlights of the ongoing work while this transition is underway.

Predatory Towing Bill to Ease Resident Frustration

Residents will get a break from frustrating towing practices when Bill No. 17-15, known as the “Predatory Towing Bill,” becomes effective on November 30.

The new legislation, enacted to protect residents from aggressive predatory towing, empowers the Office of Consumer Protection to more vigorously investigate and act on improper towing practices.

  • Read more about Bill 17-15 here.
  • Read Washington Post article.

Leggett Announces January Forums to Get Public Input on FY17 County Operating Budget

County Executive Ike Leggett has announced the dates, times, and places of five budget forums to be held throughout the County in January. Leggett holds these meetings annually to gather resident input which he uses to shape the upcoming County operating budget. Leggett will release the proposed budget on March 15.

The meetings, which all begin at 7 p.m., are located at: