The Prince George’s County Council unanimously adopted the county’s fiscal 2015 budget providing additional funding for education, public safety and economic development.
From the county’s press release:
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.
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.