- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - Montgomery County is freezing most hiring and purchasing through June to help close a $179 million budget shortfall.

The Washington Post (https://wapo.st/1zyAfJA ) reports Chief Administrative Officer Timothy Firestine also is directing county departments to prepare their 2016 fiscal year budgets assuming a 3 percent spending cut. The 2016 fiscal year begins July 1.

Firestine outlined the budget measures in memos this week. The county is facing lower-than-projected tax revenue as a result of the state’s sluggish economic recovery.

Similar spending restrictions were announced last week by Montgomery County public schools.

Some job groups are exempt from the hiring freeze, including police, firefighters, bus drivers and crossing guards.

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Information from: The Washington Post, https://www.washingtonpost.com


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