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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY COUNCIL ADOPTS $5 BILLION FY 2023 COUNTY BUDGET
Unanimous Council Support for New County Spending Plan
The Prince George’s County Council, convening in a hybrid session on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, unanimously adopted a balanced $5 billion Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2023. The County’s new spending plan takes effect with the new Fiscal Year, which begins July 1, 2022.
Prince George’s County Council Chair Council Chair Calvin S. Hawkins, II, during budget adoption remarks, noted the challenges of the past two years, and shared his optimism for the future.
“It’s been a tough couple of years. Despite our extraordinary challenges, this new spending plan, which I continue to call ‘The People’s Budget’ gives Prince Georgians more hope for our future than at any time since March 2020. By all indications, this fiscal year will be better,” adding, “I want to thank the stout-hearted people of Prince George’s County for your extraordinary resilience and partnership with us to keep our communities safe and well. You are making our progress possible.”
The Council concurred with the County Executive’s proposed $2.63 billion appropriation for education, reflecting a 12.2 percent increase for the Board of Education. This includes continued support for a unique P3 Alternative Financing Program for school construction projects in the County.
Council enhancements to the approved budget include ongoing investments in public safety, adding one million dollars in FY23 spending to support use of force tracking. The newly-adopted spending plan also provides additional funding to support crime-fighting initiatives including police recruit hiring incentives, enforcement technology, and personnel in the Police Aviation Unit. An additional one-million dollar investment will support the implementation of the County’s Re-Entry Program, giving former offenders opportunities for productive work.
With a $5-million boost, the Council increased operating expenditures to provide critical assistance to support these businesses with a three–year grant and loan program to promote transformative economic recovery and expansion for small and minority businesses in the County. Additionally, the Council directed federal American Rescue Plan Act funds to support the FSC First Level Up Program, providing small businesses with access to capital, training, and mentorship to elevate opportunity and accelerate post-pandemic recovery.
The Council has ensured that eligible seniors aging in place will receive much-needed support with essential services, including snow removal, tree removal, and basic home repairs, through the establishment of a ‘Senior Support Services’ program.
Additional Council investments include increased funding for the County’s five Youth Services bureaus; cyber security enhancements at County libraries; and funding support to investigate incidents and enforce laws against labor trafficking. For more FY 23 County Budget information, including additional Council-initiated budget enhancements and the Chair’s remarks, visit the Council’s FY 23 Budget Portal.
In bi-county budget action last month, Prince George’s and Montgomery county lawmakers unanimously adopted new FY23 spending plans for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC); the bi-county portion of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC); and the Washington Suburban Transit Commission (WSTC).
FY 2023 County Budget Portal