The following was among actions taken at Tuesday's meeting of the Montgomery County Council. For more information, call 217-6600.

GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY -- A commission charged with studying ways to increase efficiency in county government, in a year when county officials estimate a budget shortfall of up to $68 million, told the council it will study cost-cutting measures in the areas of criminal justice, county procurement and maintenance programs.

The report, by the council-appointed Commission to Review the Efficiency and Effectiveness in Government, is the first indication of the direction the panel will take in suggesting ways to cut county costs.

The commission, which a bitterly split council decided to form last spring amid an angry tax revolt, will report to the council again in the next few months on its progress in evaluating how, for example, costs could be reduced if the maintenance system for county vehicles, property and equipment were centralized.

The group will also study the efficiency of mental health and addiction services within the county's criminal justice system, and whether the current system of collecting child support payments is adequate. Other areas of study include whether the county would save money by contracting out some services, such as school bus driving, currently performed by county employees.