Those of us who own Laurel, Md. real estate were furious with the idea of Prince Georges County Excutive Jack Johnson proposing to raise are real estate taxes. Johnson claimed it needed to be done to deal with a short fall of revenue in Prince Georges County. However, the following information came across my West Laurel Maryland list serve:
February 27, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Elaine Zammett
Office of Delegate Aisha Braveboy
New Bill Reduces County Budget Shortfall Without Homestead Property Tax
Annapolis, Maryland –Delegate Aisha Braveboy (D-25th District) of
Prince George’s County announced today that she and Delegate Justin
Ross (D-22nd District) plan to introduce legislation that would reduce
the financial budget shortfall in Prince George’s County and lessen
the necessity to raise the homestead property tax credit percentage.
The bill, MC/PG 127-09, proposes to transfer $60 million dollars over
the next two fiscal years from the Maryland-National Capital Park and
Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) to the Prince George ‘s County
Government. Braveboy and Ross say that the funding is coming from
excess reserves of the agency
Sam Parker, Chair of the Prince George’s County Planning Board said
he is pleased to be in a position to help the County and that the
proposed fund transfer will not inhibit the agency in the performance of
its duties nor will it eliminate existing projects.
Braveboy and Ross acknowledged the leadership and cooperation of County
Executive Jack B.. Johnson (D-Prince George’s) and Council Chair
Marilynn Bland (D-Council District 9). “The County Executive made
the case for state intervention to help the County through this
financial downturn and the County Chair called for our action,”
Braveboy said. They also credit Delegation Chair Melony Griffith
(D-25th District), and Senate Chair Anthony Muse (D-26th District) for
bringing the stakeholders together as the bill was being formulated.
Councilwoman Andrea Harrison (D-Council District 5) was recognized for
working closely with the state to identify alternatives in order to
ensure that public safety, healthcare and other essential services would
not be compromised during the economic recovery period.
Braveboy and Ross will present the bill at a public hearing Saturday,
February 28, 2009 at Prince George ‘s Community College–Rennie
Forum at 11am.