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Council Enacts CB-7-2018, Administratively Codifying Compensation Review Board Determinations
The Prince George’s County Council greatly appreciates the work of the 2017-2018 Compensation Review Board, established by CB-70-2017 and authorized in County Charter Sections 308 and 406.
The Compensation Review Board worked diligently to conduct an extensive review of the salaries, benefits and pensions of Prince George’s County elected officials, and those in our neighboring jurisdictions. On Tuesday, January 23, 2018, the board presented its final report and recommendations for a compensation plan for the Council Members and County Executive to be elected in November 2018. We are thankful for their dedication to this effort.
After careful consideration of the final report, the County Council has decided to accept all compensation recommendations for the County Executive. Regarding compensation for the County Council, however, we have decided not to accept the Board’s thoughtful recommendation for a one-time salary adjustment. All other Board recommendations for the compensation of County Council Members to be elected in November 2018 have been accepted.
Additionally, as was noted during the Board’s deliberations, the current Federal Government mileage rate of 53.5 cents per mile has been adopted by neighboring jurisdictions for government travel for personal vehicle use. Thus, a long-overdue increase in the County’s 36 cents mileage reimbursement rate will be considered during the Council’s current FY 2019 Budget Review process.
We agree with the Board’s findings regarding a salary gap between the Prince George’s County Council and its counterparts in comparable jurisdictions, as well as significant disparity in compensation levels with the County Executives. These are matters for continuing policy discussion.
All legislative powers of Prince George’s County are vested in the County Council. The County Council sits as the District Council on zoning and land use policy, and as the Board of Health to govern and guide health policy. The County Council meets as a legislative body on Tuesdays in the Council Hearing Room on the first floor of the County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro. For more information on the Prince George’s County Council, please visit https://pgccouncil.us/