Prince George’s County Council Unanimously Approves Fiscal 2014 Budget

The Prince George’s County Council recently approved the county’s fiscal 2014 budget keeping property taxes level and avoiding employee furloughs. As reported by the Washington Post:

The Prince George’s County Council on Thursday unanimously approved a $2.7 billion spending plan that restores Sunday hours at three public libraries, offers a modest increase for public schools and maintains a $50 million economic development fund that County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) has made a centerpiece of his administration.The budget, which will take effect July 1, avoids unpaid furloughs for the county’s 6,000 employees, a contentious issue that was being negotiated until a few days before Thursday’s council vote.

The budget will also keep the property tax rates at 96 cents per $100 of assessed value and provide $18 million for employee salary increases. With regard to education,

The council allocated nearly $1.7 billion for the county’s 204 public schools, an increase of about $23 million from current spending levels. The extra money was designated for teacher pay raises and efforts to improve high school academics, among other purposes.

But the council declined to fund a nearly $2 million request from the Board of Education to hire 15 new staff members, saying it would await the outcome of a planned audit of the school system that is expected to begin this year.

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