Prince George’s and Montgomery County Council Members, convening virtually for the second time since the onset of the pandemic, unanimously adopted the fiscal 2022 budgets for WSSC Water, the bi-county portion of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), and the Washington Suburban Transit Commission (WSTC). The fiscal 2022 Bi-County budgets are effective July 1, 2021.
WSSC is the provider of drinking water and sewer services to more than 1.8 million residents in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.
Both Councils agreed to a WSSC Operating Budget of $852.1 million, reflecting an increase of $2.4 million (0.3 percent) over last year’s budget. The new budget includes a 5.9 percent rate increase for water and sewer customers.
According to a Prince George’s County Council press release:
Prince George’s County Council Chair Calvin S. Hawkins, II, noted the challenges presented by COVID-19, commending both Councils on a successful collaboration during unprecedented times.
“Our region continues to be challenged by the impact of COVID-19, however, with vaccination programs, we can be hopeful for the future. While our collaboration has been virtual, I appreciate the continued spirit of cooperation between our Councils on behalf of our citizens, which has resulted in the successful adoption of new FY 2022 spending plans for our bi-county agencies.”