P.G. County Executive Urges Governor to Sign Legislation to Save Taxpayers $18 Million

Courtesy of Prince George's County | 5/20/2010, 11:02 a.m.

Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson has urged Governor Martin O'Malley to sign legislation that will provide $18 million in tax relief to county residents.

"During these difficult economic times, our citizens have been struggling to make ends meet and this legislation will provide needed tax relief," Johnson said. "This additional money will make it easier for residents to pay their bills and provide for their families."

Senate Bill 683 was passed by the Maryland General Assembly on the last day of the 2010 session. If signed into law by the Governor, it will place a cap on taxes county residents pay to the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. This will provide parity with Montgomery County residents who already enjoy this tax relief.

Johnson said the reduction in funding to the Park and Planning Commission would not impact operations if the agency would make cuts that other government agencies have made over the last two years. Those cuts include a reduction or elimination of merit and Cost of Living increases, hiring freezes, reductions in non-essential operating costs, elimination of program enhancements and elimination of new positions.

"I believe that by considering all the aforementioned options, the Administration, the County Council and the Commission can put together a plan for meeting the necessary reductions to produce a sound, balanced fiscal year 2011 budget," Johnson said in an April 22 letter to County Council Chairman Thomas Dernoga.

Johnson's letter can be found on the county website at www.princegeorgescountymd.gov