County Council 

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Council Members left to right:  Billy Shreve, Jessica Fitzwater, Vice President MC Keegan-Ayer, President Bud Otis, Treasurer Tony Chmelik, Jerry Donald and Kirby Delauter.

County Council Reviews Executive's Proposed Budget
Worksessions to Be Broadcast Live

County Council worksessions on April 22, 23 and 24 will be broadcast live on FCG-TV, cable channel 19, and webcast at www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/video, in addition to the remaining public hearings. The public hearings and worksessions are part of the council’s review of the proposed budget submitted on April 15 by County Executive Jan Gardner.  (See press release for the budget schedule.)

According to Frederick County’s Charter, after the County Executive submits the proposed budget to the council, the council must hold a public hearing on the budget.  After the hearing, the council may reduce or delete items in the proposed budget, but may not add items to it or increase any proposed expenditure, except for increases above the Board of Education’s Maintenance of Effort requirement.  The council must adopt the budget by May 25 or the executive’s proposed budget becomes law.

History

Frederick County transitioned from the County Commissioner form of government to the County Charter form of government on December 1, 2014.  Under Charter Government, there is an Executive Branch with a County Executive and a Legislative Branch with a County Council.

For many years, all five County Commissioners were elected in at-large elections by all county voters.  Under the new Charter Government, the County Executive and only two of the County Council members are elected at-large. 

The seven-member County Council consists of five members elected by district and two elected at-large.  Council members will have the power to initiate legislation.  Council meetings are limited to 45 days yearly. 

County Council members will serve for four years and no more than three consecutive terms, and will receive $22,500 per year with no benefits.  Legislative sessions are limited to 45 days yearly and non-legislative sessions as needed.  

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    Frederick, MD  21701
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      Frederick, MD 21704
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    1. Customer Service
      4520 Metropolitan Court
      Frederick, MD 21704
      Email

      Ph: 301-600-2935 (billing questions)
      Ph: 301-600-2904
      Fx: 301-600-2998

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      Monday - Friday
      8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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    1. Customer Service
      4520 Metropolitan Court
      Frederick, MD 21704
      Email

      Ph: 301-600-2935 (billing questions)
      Ph: 301-600-2904
      Fx: 301-600-2998

      Hours
      Monday - Friday
      8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

      Staff Directory

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    1. Customer Service
      4520 Metropolitan Court
      Frederick, MD 21704
      Email

      Ph: 301-600-2935 (billing questions)
      Ph: 301-600-2904
      Fx: 301-600-2998

      Hours
      Monday - Friday
      8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

      Staff Directory

    Contact Us

    1. Customer Service
      4520 Metropolitan Court
      Frederick, MD 21704
      Email

      Ph: 301-600-2935 (billing questions)
      Ph: 301-600-2904
      Fx: 301-600-2998

      Hours
      Monday - Friday
      8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

      Staff Directory