County Executive Leggett Discusses County Budget, Transportation

Posted Date: 
June 7, 2011

From Left to Right: MCCC Legislative Affairs Committee Co-Chair Josh Bokee, County Executive Ike Leggett, MCCC President and CEO Gigi Godwin, MCCC Legislative Affairs Vice Chair Tom McElroy.

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett addressed the Chamber’s Legislative Affairs Committee on June 7 regarding the County budget, transportation, and economic development. Tom McElroy, Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of Hughes Communications, Chair-Elect of the Chamber Board and Vice Chair of the Legislative Affairs committee, led the meeting with the County Executive. 

In his introductory remarks, County Executive Leggett discussed establishing a sustainable County budget, in light of the many challenges the County faces. Leggett indicated that he views the County’s fiscal challenges as manageable compared to other jurisdictions, during the current time of economic uncertainty. 

Leggett also discussed the County’s economic development strategy, which involves retaining existing businesses and Federal agencies, while simultaneously attracting new firms in order to expand the County’s employment base. He discussed transportation challenges, including access to airports and the demand for additional public transit. In order to address these challenges, Leggett said he is a strong advocate for an increase in the gas tax, noting “there will never be a good time [to increase the gas tax],” in order to fund the County’s serious transportation needs. 

During the meeting, Leggett fielded questions on a variety of topics including reserves in the county budget, priorities for the upcoming special session of the Maryland General Assembly this fall, and sustaining coalitions with other local leaders around the state and the region.

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