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