To close a $300 million gap, Montgomery County executive Ike Leggett is proposing across-the-board cuts and higher property taxes. He is also freezing county staff salaries and reducing benefits, disregarding an arbitration decision. (Post)
George Hawkins, head of DC Water, will join us for a live chat at noon today. What do you want to ask about your water? Lead and other water safety issues? The impervious area charge? Post your questions in the comments.
Baker’s balancing act
Prince George’s Executive Rushern Baker wants to use a one-time budget surplus to create a $50 million economic development fund to draw investment in the ailing county. He will also infuse money into the school system and install traffic cameras to raise revenue. (Post)
Real estate change hits local retail
The new Mount Vernon Triangle bike shop BicycleSPACE might be forced out of their repurposed auto garage if the block redevelops as planned. The developer has verbally promised space in a new building. … Pound Coffee in NoMA will shutter due to “problems with the landlord.” The location was considered a successful example of street-fronting retail in federal buildings. (Eater)