Thursday, April 30, 2009

Bill would merge citizens committees - Gazette

Measure intended to save money in county budget

by Jason Tomassini | Staff Writer Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A proposed bill that would merge several Silver Spring citizens committees in an effort to save Montgomery County money has been met with opposition from members of those committees, who say the bill would compromise their involvement in the local government process.

On April 21, Councilman George L. Leventhal introduced two bills that, if passed, would reduce the number of boards, committees and commissions in the county from 84 to 72. While those committees consist of volujavascript:void(0)nteers, Leventhal said the bills would save the county at least four weeks and up to four months of staff time per year. Paid county employees are required to attend committee meetings and prepare agendas.

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