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Leggett To Talk Capital Budget, Hear Suggestions At Bethesda Forum

By Aaron Kraut

Wednesday - 7/3/2013, 12:55pm  ET

County Executive Isiah LeggettMontgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett will come to Bethesda later this month for a public forum on the county’s next six-year capital construction budget, which will be finalized next spring.

The 2015-2020 CIP budget will include costs for new or renovated school projects, roads, parks, libraries and transportation facilities, including a number of anticipated items in the works for Bethesda.

The forums, of which Leggett will hold five across the county, traditionally serve as a way for residents to let Leggett know what’s on their mind and what projects they want funded.

The Bethesda forum is set for Tuesday, July 30 with an informal open house at 6:30 p.m. followed by a formal presentation on the background of the budget and a question-and-answer session with Leggett from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. It will be held at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center at 4805 Edgemoor Lane.

A number of Bethesda projects could be in the six-year budget in some form: A Bethesda Metro Station South Entrance that would connect to the future Purple Line station, an addition for Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, a new 2nd District Police Station and a new road network in White Flint are some of the more high profile items.

Members of the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board, which advises county government on upcoming projects and policies, will be at the forum. Suggestions from residents to Leggett will be considered by the Advisory Board for recommendation to Leggett.

According to a county press release, the list of suggestions will also be shared with county departments and agencies.