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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Del. Ross proposes tax increase for police recruit bonuses

(Posted November 10, 2005)
"Bill to give bonuses to police"
Gazette, November 10, 2005 (by Tiesha Higgins, Staff Writer)
Prince George’s County will get the leverage to attract a larger pool of police officers if a state bill awarding $10,000 signing bonuses to 200 new officers passes in Annapolis next year.

Sponsored by Del. Justin Ross (D-Dist. 22) of Greenbelt, the bill would raise close to $2.5 million by adding $28 to the annual property tax bills for homes valued at $300,000 or more. A smaller amount would apply for homes under that sum.

[. . .]

Creating the funding pool by raising the property tax base one percent, Keary said, is a point of concern for the Johnson Administration.

If passed, the hefty bonus would be on top of the new salary contract signed this summer that raised the $38,000 base pay by $8,000 over the next two years. But a rookie pay boost could create strife within the police department.

‘‘We’ve had inversions before where younger officers [in time on force] would get more than older officers,” said Percy Alston, president of the Fraternal Order of Police. . . .

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Comment: Another legislator plans an end-run around TRIM.

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