November 17, 2010

Andrews requests log of county expenses on ambulance fee issue

A Montgomery County councilman is asking County Executive Isiah Leggett's office to report how much taxpayer money the county spent advocating for a county ambulance fee, which appeared on the Nov. 2 ballot as a referendum question. Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg estimates that the cost could be hundreds of thousands of dollars in employee time and printed materials.

However, a county spokesman said that all costs related to the county's campaign cannot be determined. The county likely would release the cost of printed materials — about $10,000 — but not the cost of employee time, county spokesman Patrick K. Lacefield said. In a memo sent Tuesday, Andrews requested a full accounting and breakout of the spending on Question A, which asked voters to approve or reject the ambulance fee. SOURCE: Gazette

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