The president of the Montgomery County Council on Monday said that County Executive Ike Leggett's push for an ambulance fee was motivated by personal frustration after the downfall of one of his major legislative priorities in recent years.
"He has a bee in his bonnet," quipped Councilman Roger Berliner, D-Potomac/Bethesda, striving for a PG-suitable way to assess Leggett's feelings. "That’s the best I can describe it for purposes of this conversation.”
Leggett included the ambulance fee in his proposed budget for next fiscal year, even though county voters defeated the measure by referendum — 54 percent to 46 percent — in 2010.
Right now, the council vote on the matter appears divided, meaning the measure could narrowly pass again — which would likely start another voter referendum on the issue.