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Rockville budget proposal includes increased wages

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Seal of Rockville MdOne week after Rockville City Manager Rob DiSpirito presented his Fiscal Year 2019 budget to the Rockville City Council and Mayor Bridget Newton, DiSpirito had the chance to defend his proposal Monday as Newton and members of the council questioned him and discussed the city’s budget needs.

DiSpirito’s $136.2 million budget plan increases proposed expenditures by 4.5 percent over Fiscal Year 2018 but despite the increases, it does not increase property taxes. The increases would allow DiSpirito to add several new positions in the City government, including two additional police officers, one GIS/Asset Management support specialist, one urban forestry maintenance worker and one information systems security engineer.

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Rockville optimistic about budget status

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Even as Montgomery County prepares for significant budget cuts to cover the $120 million budget shortfall that finance officials discovered for this fiscal year, Rockville City officials said their budget revenues are looking just fine.

“It’s an interesting contrast between the County and the City, in my opinion, the county always budgets to the bone and to have a budget crisis is pretty much usual,” said Rockville City Council Member Mark Pierzchala.

Last week Montgomery County officials suggested that the cause of the $120 million budget shortfall was a downturn in income tax receipts, which they attributed to choices made by large investors in anticipation of a large tax break from the Republican tax bill, which President Trump has pledged to sign early next year.

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Solving the mystery of the John Brown bridge

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Drivers in Rockville are struggling to find out more about Margaret S. Fletcher, her death at age 25, and why her gravestone is at the corner of Rockville Pike and Edmonston Drive.

The tombstone, until recently, was part of the John C. Brown Bridge. This bridge in Rockville is dedicated to the memory of the first Maryland man killed in the Korean War.

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Rockville considers relocating KID Museum

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ROCKVILLE – The Rockville City Council held a budget work session during its meeting Monday night, focusing mostly on proposed funds directed toward the KID Museum.

On Monday, the Rockville City Council discussed dedicating funds in the FY18 budget to possibly relocate the KID Museum, an interactive children’s museum currently located at the Davis Library in Bethesda.

The proposed plan would move the KID Museum to 255 Rockville Pike, near Rockville Town Square, where the County has several offices.

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UPDATE: Rockville fires Swift

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ROCKVILLE – Rockville is one manager down after action this week.

The city manager fired the director of Community Planning and Development Services March 3, spokesperson Marylou Berg confirmed.

“I made a change in the best interest of the organization and the City,” City Manager Rob DiSpirito said Monday. “I feel that the department needed new direction and a fresh start.”

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Rockville city manager’s proposed budget includes more police officers

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ROCKVILLE – The city manager’s proposed fiscal year 2018 capital and operating budgets include increased water costs for residents, new capital improvement projects and added police officers.

According to the Department of Finance, Administration and Budget Division, the only new positions in the proposed budget are three additional sworn police officers. The last time the city received new police officers was the addition of two for a total of 59 in fiscal year 2014.

The new City Manager Rob DiSpirito said in a letter to the city and to the mayor and council that he proposed to add three police officers to the city department “to increase public safety and to improve health and well-being of our Police force.”

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Rockville looks for police chief opportunity

New Rockville City Manager Rob DiSpirito said he intends to seek input from the Rockville community about police in the city prior to a national search for candidates to fill the vacant police chief position.

DiSpirito said he intends to become familiar with the interests and needs of the city, including residents, police officers and city employees, so he can be informed on what needs the chief should be able to address.

“I need to take time, as any manager would,” DiSpirito said.

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