For Immediate Release: 5/27/2014 12:00 AM

Contact: Angela Rouson 301.952.7484

Unanimous Council Support for Fiscal Year 2015 Spending Plan

The Prince George’s County Council today unanimously adopted a $2.85 billion balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2015.   The new spending plan becomes effective with the new Fiscal Year which begins July 1, 2014.  

Prince George’s County Council Chair Mel Franklin (D) – District 9, during remarks immediately following the budget adoption, recognized the leadership of his Council colleagues and their contributions towards a successful budget adoption process.

“Each one of you on this Council is to be commended and applauded for an extraordinary job.  You worked through the challenges to make sure our economic future is secure.  Thank you for positioning us to ‘Bring the World to Prince George’s County’.”

Overall, 63% of the FY ‘15 Budget, $1.79 billion, has been appropriated for education, approximately $2 million above State’s Maintenance of Effort requirements, for an increase of 6.4% over FY’14. Council adjustments also provided an additional $4 million to Prince George’s Community College, including, but not limited to, $1 million to fund the dual enrollment of 1,000 to 1,500 additional high school County youths as a part of the College and Career Readiness Completion Act; $1.5 million to increase health care training and education in conjunction with the County’s anticipated health care expansion related to the new Regional Medical Center and the expansion of Southern Maryland Hospital; and $300,000 for additional Community College scholarships.

Chair Franklin also acknowledged the collaborative efforts of all stakeholders to adopt a balanced spending plan.

“Every stakeholder in the financial and economic future of Prince George’s County can agree that “Bringing the World to Prince George’s County” is a goal well within our reach with the continued strong partnership of Governor Martin O’Malley, County Executive Baker, the Prince George’s Board of Education, the entire Prince George’s County Delegation, and all stakeholders, including our residents,” said Chair Franklin.   “Together, we have achieved a fiscal plan that addresses the priority issues that concern all of us – Economic Growth and Transit-Oriented Development; Education and Job Training; and Public Safety and Transportation, and together, we will move Prince George’s County forward.”  

The newly-adopted spending plan also provides funding for an additional class of firefighter recruits and three new classes of County Police officers to continue growing the overall size of the County’s public safety complement.  Additionally, the new spending plan invests $3 million in infrastructure to support transit-oriented development; adds $2.25 million in investments in pedestrian infrastructure; adds $1 million over and above the County Executive’s proposal for the summer youths jobs program; and increases the County’s spending for marketing and economic development.

In Bi-County Budget action earlier this month, lawmakers from Prince George’s and Montgomery counties unanimously adopted the FY 14 Operating and Capital budgets for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC); the Central Administrative Services (CAS) budget of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC); and the budget for the Washington Suburban Transit Commission (WSTC).   The Councils agreed to a WSSC Operating and Capital Budget of $1.3 billion.  The new budget included a 5.5 percent rate increase for water and sewer customers, the lowest since 2007.