Frequently Asked Questions  

What is the Washington County Council of Governments (WCCOG)?
Where is the WCCOG located?
How is the WCCOG organized?
How is the WCCOG funded?
Is the WCCOG a State agency?

What is the Washington County Council of Governments (WCCOG)?

The Washington County Council of Governments (WCCOG) is a municipal membership organization that delivers a wide range of customized planning, advisory and resource development services to help communities build the future of Washington County. Back to top

What does the Washington County Council of Governments (WCCOG) do?

The WCCOG provides local and regional land use planning and technical assistance to municipalities in Washington County.  Our purpose is to support local self-government; combine resources to meet challenges that may exceed the capacity of municipal government; facilitate communication and coordination among governments and agencies; identify opportunities and bring resources into the county; and provide a regional voice for the people of Washington County.

The services and accomplishments of the WCCOG are reported to its municipal members every year and are posted here:

WCCOG Services and Accomplishments Summary 2005

WCCOG Services and Accomplishments Summary 2006

WCCOG Services and Accomplishments Summary 2007

WCCOG Services and Accomplishments Summary 2008

WCCOG Services and Accomplishments Summary 2009

WCCOG Services and Accomplishments Summary 2010

WCCOG Services and Accomplishments Summary 2011

WCCOG Services and Accomplishments Summary 2012 Back to top

Where is the WCCOG located?

Executive Director Judy East is located on the second floor of the City Building in Calais, ME (207-454-0465).  Back to top

How is the WCCOG organized?

The WCCOG is owned and operated by its member communities.  In addition to municipalities, we offer membership to the County, Tribal Governments, Unorganized Territories and local development groups.

WCCOG consists of a General Assembly, Executive Committee, Officers, and professional staff.  The General Assembly, which meets at the annual meeting, is composed of municipally appointed representatives of member communities, such as town managers, planning board members, or concerned citizens. Back to top

How is the WCCOG funded?

The WCCOG receives funding for specific contracted services from local, regional, state and federal levels. Member municipalities also contribute dues to support the organization and provide essential matching funds to enable the WCCOG to be eligible for other contract funds.

 The County of Washington contributes funds to the WCCOG annually that are used as matching funds as well. As a project and contract driven budget the exact amounts of funds vary from year to year. However the following provides the general proportions of funds covering the annual budget - $241,000 in FY11.

 

Source and examples of uses of funds

(TA = Technical Assistance)

Percent of Budget

Municipal member Dues and Washington County contribution

6%

State Planning Office – TA to all Wash Co communities

3%

Department of Community and Economic Development – TA on Community Development Block Grants

19%

Department of Transportation – TA and Regional Planning

18%

Regional Projects - Solid Waste Management (USDA); Brownfields Assessment (USEPA), Regional Plan for Sustainable Development (HUD in cooperation with multiple organizations in Washington & Aroostook Counties; Alternative Septic Options (SPO); Regional Shellfish and Animal Control TA (Wash Cnty UT)

46%

Municipal Contracts – Comprehensive Plans, Harbor Management Plans, Ordinances, Downtown Marketing Plans

8%

Expenditures in FY11 go toward staff and contracted services (70 %), direct expenses (21%) and overhead (9%).

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Is the WCCOG a State agency?

No, the WCCOG is a municipal membership organization and is governed by its member municipalities in Washington County. The WCCOG receives funds to perform specific work for several state agencies on a contractual basis. However, the client for the technical assistance supported by these state contracts, is invariably a municipality or local board. Back to top