Prince George’s Budget Feeling Strains

The Prince George’s County budget is required to be passed by June 1, and the issues facing the County Executive and Council are even more challenging, with added costs from teacher pensions landing in the FY 2013 spending plan. From coverage in the Washington Examiner:

None of the latest round of adjustment proposals will affect county services, according to Tom Himler, the county’s deputy chief administrative officer for budget, administration and finance.

But county officials expect budget talks next spring to be worse than before now that they have used all the accounting tricks they can to close the gap, and with millions of dollars added each year to the county’s share of teacher pension costs.

“It’s getting very hard [to close the budget gap] without impacting services,” Himler said. “We’re getting down to the bare minimum at this point, and that’s the challenge we’re going to have in fiscal 2014.”

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties

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