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The Prince George’s County Council today
unanimously adopted a $3.8 billion balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2018 on
Thursday, May 25. The FY 2018 County Budget becomes effective with
the new Fiscal Year which begins July 1, 2017.
Prince George’s County Council Chair Derrick
L. Davis (D) – District 6, during budget adoption remarks, thanked Prince
George’s County residents for their participation and engagement during the
budget adoption process.
“This new and balanced Fiscal Year 2018 Budget
and stronger economy uniquely position Prince George’s County to take its
rightful place as an economic engine in the region. Credit for this success belongs in great part
to the people of Prince George’s County.
Residents have remained engaged in the Council’s budget process, sharing
important priorities and voicing critical community concerns. We listened, and worked hard with this budget
to prioritize and balance your mandates with available County resources.”
Over 65% of the FY 18 budget, $1.97 billion,
has been appropriated for education, which exceeds the Maintenance of Effort
state mandate by $30 million. The Board of Education funding level is
nearly 3-percent higher, $51 million more than last year’s school
spending. The Council also provided an
additional $5-million for school repairs, funding for library restoration, and
$2-million for Prince George’s Community College to support career training and
workforce development for the soon to be constructed Regional Medical Center in
The newly-adopted spending plan also provides
funding for 200 police recruits; 115 firefighters; 25 deputy sheriffs; new
positions to process warrants and manage records; 70 correctional officers;
seven new correctional treatment coordinators in the Work Release Center, and
funding for all dispatcher and call taker positions.
In response to the wage gap for Developmental
Disabilities (DD) provider organizations directly serving Prince George’s
County residents with disabilities, the Council has provided a one-time measure
– $3.5 million in EDI Funds - to support a cluster of employers and prevent
lost jobs for County residents and workers.
Chair Davis addressed the measure, noting
that the Council’s actions to produce a livable wage in the County has produced
serious challenges for provider agencies that must be addressed.
“Prince George’s County is one of two
Maryland jurisdictions that raised the minimum wage, and the funding for
Developmental Disabilities provider organizations is not adjusted to account
for wage differences in counties like ours that mandate a higher minimum wage.
Providers are struggling to bridge that gap and while a long-term solution is
the State’s responsibility, ‘Temporary Gap Funding’ from the County would serve
as a bridge to stabilize the Developmental Disabilities system over the next
two years and help prevent further deterioration while the State develops a
long term solution.”
In bi-county budget action earlier this
month, lawmakers from Prince George’s and Montgomery
counties unanimously adopted the FY 18 Operating and Capital budgets 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). Both Councils approved the WSSC FY 2018
Operating and Capital budgets of $1.4 billion which includes a 3.5-percent rate
increase for water and sewer customers, adding approximately $1.46 per month to
the average customer’s bill. WSSC’s budget continues to focus on the
continued rehabilitation of water and sewer pipeline miles throughout WSSC’s