The Gazette is reporting that Prince George’s County Council Chair Ingrid Turner is requesting additional meetings with General Assembly representatives from the county to discuss county budget shortfalls created as a result of state decisions on pensions and school aid to local governments.
The county council learned during a budget briefing Tuesday that Prince George’s is expected to get between $6 million and $14 million in additional state aid; the county had sought about $20.9 million more, the amount Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) cut from the schools’ original funding request.
In both budget versions, lawmakers increased the amount the state spends per student, which will bring Prince George’s about $10.3 million more, Himler said. But next year, Maryland is also requiring the county to pay about $163 per worker — a total of $2.4 million — for the pensions offered to employees in the Prince George’s public schools system, community college and library system.
Matthew Stanski, chief financial officer for the county school system, said the county based its $1.6 billion education budget on the assumption it would get the additional $20 million.