June 6, 2018

County Executive Ike Leggett Vetoes Line-Item in the Capital Improvement Budget

For the first time in his nearly 12 years as County Executive, Ike Leggett has vetoed a line-item appropriation of the Capital Improvement Program approved by County Council. Leggett vetoed appropriations for the Montgomery County’s Clean Water and Permit Compliance Program.

In his recommended FY19 Capital Budget, Leggett recommended a Design/Build/Maintain approach for future stormwater management projects.

The proposed method is a contracting approach, which procures a single contractor to design, build and maintain projects. Currently, the County uses separate contracts for design, construction, and maintenance and tasks the work on a project-by-project basis. Leggett stated that contracting reform is necessary to improve the effectiveness and efficiencies of the County’s construction of stormwater management projects and to hold down increases for the taxpayer. Council voted 5-4 against Leggett’s proposal.

On June 1, Leggett submitted a memorandum to County Council President Hans Riemer which outlined why he exercised the veto. The authority for Leggett’s veto is in accordance with the provisions of the County Charter.

Leggett stated in the memorandum “I regret that you and the Council majority have made this veto necessary. Playing politics with a critical environmental issue, doubling down on a costly and inefficient status quo, and kicking the proverbial can down the road will never be confused with effective governance.”

6 comments:

  1. Can't wait until Ike is gone.

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  2. It's too bad that not a word was expressed in this article about why a majority of the Transp & Environment Committee and then full County Council voted against the County Executive. There were many reasons, and those cited by the CE were not unchallenged, by County Council and many county environmental groups - unanimous in their opposition to the CE position.

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  3. Very concerned about what this really means with regard to projects that are underway or about to be underway. Also concerned about transparency and accountability of an outside contractor. Managing our stormwater has become an extraordinarily important endeavor and we must ensure that we get it right. I trust that the council will look very closely at the ramifications of this veto and act accordingly and in the public's interest.

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  4. Could you please tell me how I can find out which council members voted for and against this?

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    1. Thank you for your question. All the Council’s budget votes were unanimous except for the CIP for County Government, which was approved by an 8-1 vote with Councilmember Nancy Floreen opposed because of her concerns regarding delays to County stormwater management projects. More information on the County Council’s budget approval is available by at https://www2.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcgportalapps/Press_Detail.aspx?Item_ID=22185

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  5. So, in other words he wants HIS "guy" to receive all the work, instead of it being bid out for competing bids. Yeah, clearly in the voters best interest... How can the voters not think more clearly to find a replacement for this guy?!

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