Thursday, May 24, 2012
The budget includes education funds for classroom upgrades and one-time bonuses for county employees.
The Prince George’s County Council adopted a $2.7 billion balanced budget for fiscal year 2013, including a $1.6 billion education budget that accounts for 62 percent of available county revenue for the year. The education budget will provide support for technology improvement and classroom upgrades, as well as $19.6 million to account for the teacher pension cost that shifted from the state to the county. The council also reduced the recordation tax increase for new home purchases by half of what was originally proposed; added 20 county firefighters and increased funding for training, allotted $5 million for pedestrian safety projects, and increased Summer Youth Program funding. Earlier this year, County Executive Rushern L. Baker warned…
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Fiscal year 2013 plan, presented to board of directors today, would also add 1,000 employees.
The fiscal year 2013 budget Metro General Manager Richard Sarles unveiled Thursday morning proposes hiring more than 1,000 employees in a plan that also raises bus, rail and parking rates across the system. The $1.6 billion budget proposal would increase fares by 5 percent while expanding the system's total number of employees by 9 percent, according to the Washington Post. It's not clear how much those positions would cost the system, which faces a $116 million budget shortfall. According to the budget, the fare hikes are expected to make up much of that gap. Still, Sarles told the Post these changes would not help improve service, but rather, keep it running at its current level. Among the changes: Many of the new employees would serve …
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
The Prince George's County executive says a gas tax hike and the introduction of slot machines are on the table.
With Prince George's County facing a projected budget shortfall of more than $100 million and the state's gap expected to hit $1 billion, County Executive Rushern Baker says that elected officials will "have to look at almost everything" in the coming months to make up the difference. That could include anything from an increase in Maryland's gas tax to a five-cent plastic bag fee to introducing slot machines in the county, Baker told The Washington Post over the weekend. Baker—now a year into his term—said he'll lobby for changes to the state's income tax formula and fight a proposed shift of teacher pension costs onto the counties. He is also seeking state approval for a tax incentive program to attract more businesses to the county. For…
Monday, December 12, 2011
This list was provided by City Clerk Doug Barber through the Freedom of Information Act.
Below is a list of the salaries of Hyattsville city staff, including police. This list was printed on Dec. 1, 2011 and does not reflect any changes after that date. Note: some of these positions are vacant at this time. Public Works
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Prince George's County organization groups are hosting a town hall meeting about bringing money to nearby communities.
Are you interested in a “peoples’ budget?” If so, take heed: county organization groups are hosting a town hall meeting about bringing money to nearby communities. “Shift the Budget Debate: Fund Our Communities, Bring the War Dollars Home” is a discussion about finding “progressive” ways to solve the Washington, D.C. and Annapolis areas’ financial woes. The meeting will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m., Nov. 7 at Prince George’s Community College’s Marlboro Hall. Participants including U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), state Sen. Paul Pinsky, Karen Dolan, fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, Human Services Coalition activist David Harrington and Jean Athey of Fund Our Communities plan to tackle issues such as: This event is sponsored by …
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Pipkin: Governor "spells out a world where the pie’s not big enough and the revenue is not big enough."
Gov. Martin O’Malley warned county leaders to be ready for more state budget cuts and possibly tax increases when the General Assembly meets in January. “We will all have to be open to more cuts, and at the same time—to protect our children’s future—we must be open to new revenues,” O’Malley said Saturday in a nearly 25 minute speech to county leaders at the Maryland Association of Counties conference in Ocean City. "One year I hope to be able to come before you and proclaim a return to full employment, a restoration of all highway user dollars and other state grants," O'Malley said. "One year I hope to come here and proclaim the existence of a giant, deficit-slaying surplus. But that year isn't this year." The governor met with county …
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Mayor Marc Tartaro and the council Monday night discussed goals for Hyattsville for the next 120 days.
The Hyattsville City Council Monday night talked about its priorities for the next 120 days. Here are the highlights:
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
About flags, Facebook and fair weather.
Let’s see if we can match Monday’s gorgeous weather, Hyattsville! Here are five things you need to know today: 1. Last night the Hyattsville City Council passed the FY 2012 budget. Check back later today for more info. 2. Happy Flag Day! Do you know the history of this patriotic celebration? 3. The National Weather Service predicts another beautiful day with a high of about 78 and a low around 58 this evening. 4. It’s Senior Week at First United Methodist Church. Check out the events on their Facebook site. 5. Have you read this article? Just wondering.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
County school funding remains top expenditure.
The Prince George’s County Council Thursday approved a $2.65 billion budget that includes increased spending for county schools but leaves out pay raises for county workers. County schools received 61 percent of the total budget; the council restored $7.5 million to the schools budget to maintain core students' activities. In all, spending increased 1.2 percent over last year. According to The Gazette, no tax increase will be issued to residents. The County Council will maintain a slight pay raise in this year’s budget, despite voting down a resolution to give unionized county workers a 2 percent pay raise last week. The outgoing county council members voted last October, before the five current members were elected, to increase their …
Council may limit permits and is likely to pass a $2.7 billion budget.
A resolution that would limit the number of taxicab permits to drivers in Prince George’s County is headed for a vote by the county council. A public hearing on the resolution is scheduled June 21. The proposed resolution would effectively repeal a 2010 law that allowed the county to add 400 permits for cabs and sell 75 more permits each year until 2016 for $200 each. Councilman Will Campos (D-Dist. 2) of Hyattsville introduced legislation that would limit cab permits to 1,039 and scrap the plans for the 75 additional permits. Drivers from the Prince George’s County Taxi Workers Alliance are protesting the legislation, contending the new limits would allow only a handful of taxi companies to operate in the county, shutting out small and…