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Call to Action for Tuesday, April 10 - Please Attend the Budget Hearing to Help Secure County Funding for an Airspace Consultant

posted Apr 7, 2018, 5:35 PM by MoCo Quiet Skies   [ updated Apr 7, 2018, 5:42 PM ]
Please mark your calendar to attend the Montgomery County Council FY19 Budget Hearing on Tuesday, April 10 at 7:00 pm in the Third Floor Hearing Room, 100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850.   Your attendance will support MCQSC's request to fund an airspace expert to assist the County in resolving the increased air traffic over our homes and communities.     

Councilmember Roger Berliner and Council President Hans Riemer have requested that the Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee add $150,000 to the FY19 Operating Budget for airspace consultant work.  Their letter is attached HERE.  We are extremely grateful for their support and wholeheartedly agree with their statement that "[I]t is time that Montgomery County do more to protect its residents."  

While their letter is a great start, securing limited County funding is extremely difficult and will require engagement from all Coalition members.  Funding requires an affirmative vote from 5 Councilmembers - we still have work to do!

Please show your support by attending the Budget Hearing this Tuesday, April 10 at 7:00 pm in the Third Floor Hearing Room, 100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850!  MCQSC policy co-chair, Janelle Wright, will be testifying on behalf of the Coalition to support the budget request.  Several other individuals also have signed up to testify on how the air traffic issue negatively impacts their lives and our communities.  

If you want to testify at the budget hearing, please sign up to testify at the Tuesday, April 10, 2018, "7pm Fiscal Year 2019 Operating Budget" time slot here: Sign up to testify Click HERE  

If you ordered a t-shirt, please be sure to wear it to the hearing!  If you don't have a t-shirt, you can wear something blue and make 8.5 x 11 signs to express your support during the hearing!

If you haven't already written a letter to the County Council, please consider submitting written testimony to the Council via email to County.Council@montgomerycountymd.gov or mail to 100 Maryland Avenue, 5th floor, Rockville, MD 20850; or fax to 240-777-7888.  Your testimony will be provided to each Councilmember and will be included in the record of the hearing.  

Your participation is encouraged, appreciated, and necessary!  We hope to see you at the Budget Hearing this Tuesday, April 10 at 7:00 pm!