March 18, 2011

Proposed Montgomery County Budget Eliminates Briggs Chaney Police Substation

Montgomery County’s proposed budget for fiscal 2012 would close the sole police substation in East County but put more resources into law enforcement along the Route 29 corridor, the most active crime area in the county. Under the proposal, the 3rd District police substation at Briggs Chaney Road (along with other police satellite offices in Olney and Piney Branch) will be eliminated to save about $21,000 for the year. But Leggett said his budget increases public safety funding overall and will focus efforts on the Route 29 corridor.

Councilwoman Nancy Navarro (D-Dist 4), who represents Colesville and Burtonsville, said Wednesday she needs more details about Leggett's public safety plan, particularly closing the East County substation.

“I am very pleased that there was a decision made to increase police presence and the attention to this corridor,” said Navarro. “I don’t understand how closing the satellite office would promote this endeavor.”

Leggett said Tuesday that his $4.35 billion plan for fiscal 2012 closes a $300 million budget gap and will “define a new normal,” for the county. SOURCE: Colesville Patch

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