Prince George’s Budget Proposal Prioritizes Schools, Safe Neighborhoods, Environment, Economy

Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks this week presented her FY 2023 Proposed Budget, which reflects the County’s strategic policy of building a more robust financial foundation and making critical investments for the future.

This budget prioritizes schools, safe neighborhoods, economic development, and improving the quality of life for County residents. The proposed FY 2023 budget for all funds is $5.0 billion, an increase of $449.7 million or 9.9% over the FY 2022 budget

Some of the major highlights of the FY 2023 proposed budget include:

Education

  • Board of Education – $2.63 billion
    • An increase of $286.3 million or 12.2% over the FY 2022 budget
    • County contribution is $847 million
    • $15 million in operating funds for the Alternative Construction Finance Program for school construction
  • Prince George’s Community College – $126.8 million
  • Memorial Library System – $34.8 million

Reducing Violent Crime

  • Supporting Police Department recruitment:
    • Funding for two new recruit classes for the Police Department – $5 million
    • New recruitment incentives for police officers – $640,000
    • Develop an efficient and improved recruitment process for public safety – $51,000
  • Five new positions (Deputy Director of Forensic Sciences, two Chemists, two Crime Scene Investigators)
  • New equipment investments to support crime-fighting efforts, including license plate readers – $1.5 million
  • Two new boards as required by the Maryland Police Accountability Act to improve public trust in law enforcement:
    • Police Accountability Board – three positions (two existing positions from CCOP and a Community Developer position)
    • Administrative Charging Committee – six new positions as well as support for stipends

Beautification

  • Various litter reduction programs – $3.3 million
    • Includes anti-litter public education, surveillance of illegal dumping sites, signage for unlawful dumping sites, and trash and litter removal from local waterways
  • Increased funding ($500,000) for Clean Lot Program – $2.4 million
    • Helps clean properties that are overgrown or have become dumping sites
  • Solid Waste Management Fund – $126.4 million
    • Supports “Clear the Curb” initiative, providing new and improved waste collection services in an environmentally friendly way
      • Includes new curbside bulky trash collection program

Flooding Investments

  • Local Watershed Protection and Restoration Fund – $20.6 million
    • Supports water quality and flood mitigation projects around local watersheds
  • Increased funding ($4.2 million) for Stormwater Management Fund – $95.9 million
    • Supports water quality programs and helps mitigate flooding
  • Stormwater Management Capital Improvement Program – $149.8 million
    • Funds multiple flood protection projects across the County

Economic Development

  • Economic development agencies – $9.5 million
  • Funding to Redevelopment Authority to revitalize neighborhoods, particularly within the Beltway, with a focus on transit-oriented, mixed-income, and mixed-use development – $21 million
  • Support to increase procurement opportunities and technical assistance to small, minority-owned, and County-based businesses – $100,000
  • Permitting and Inspections:
    • Funding for the various IT initiatives, including the Momentum Permitting and Licensing System, permit queuing system, and Project Dox – $4 million
    • Increased resources for staff augmentation to support engineering consultants and commercial inspections – $850,000

Affordable Housing

  • Strengthen the Housing Investment Trust Fund to address housing affordability issues – $10 million
  • Funding to preserve naturally occurring affordable housing for current low-income residents – $6 million
  • Create a long-term framework for Housing Opportunities for All Workgroup – $205,000

Health & Human Services

  • Department of Family Services:
    • Reinforce efforts to provide safe housing for survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking – $1.5 million
    • Increased funding for veteran outreach services through Office of Veterans Affairs – $457,300
  • Food Distribution Coordinator to better coordinate food distribution programs – $100,000
  • Expansion of Prince George’s Health Assures Program to cover 50,000 uninsured residents in the County – $13 million (over three years)

Other Notable Investments

  • Department of Public Works & Transportation
    • Funding to further Vision Zero efforts – $63,000
    • Enhance bus services in high-need areas – $750,000
  • Re-entry programs to reduce recidivism – $1.5 million

FY 2023-2028 Capital Improvement Program

  • Board of Education – $1.2 bhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRAku3g1t6cillion
    • School construction and other improvements for staff and students
  • Public Works & Transportation – $591.3 million
    • Bridge replacements, pedestrian safety, and road improvements
  • Stormwater Management – $503 million
    • Flood protection and drainage improvements, stream restorations, and restoration of impervious areas
  • Prince George’s Community College – $267 million
    • Building renovations, including renovating the student center

The proposed budget heads to Prince George’s County Council, which must be approved before the new fiscal year begins July 1, 2022.

Visit the Prince George’s County website for more information.

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