"We are veterans of savings plans," said council administrator Stephen B. Farber. "We do have some issues that need to be dealt with."
Cuts include $25 million from Montgomery County Public Schools — equal to Leggett's proposal — as well as $4.4 million from Montgomery College, roughly $855,000 less than the $5.25 million Leggett recommended.
Leggett initially proposed about $4.3 million in cuts to HHS. The council approved $3.8 million in savings, restoring a number of health, tutoring and mentoring services.
The council also restored about $2.5 million in fire and rescue services that will help staff fire engines at certain stations and pay for round-the-clock paramedic services at the Takoma Park station.
Montgomery's Finance Department estimates that revenue for this fiscal year is on track to be $95 million lower than expected, driven primarily by a decrease in expected income-tax revenue. The county is also shouldering the burden of a $25 million budget shortfall from last fiscal year.