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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Budget war in Prince George's (overnight news reports)

Budget war in Prince George's: Council overrides Rushern Baker's vetoes
Washington Post (Arelis R. Hernández, June 16 at 10:15 PM)
The Prince George's County Council voted Tuesday to override budget vetoes handed down by County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, rejecting for the second time in three weeks a proposed double-digit increase in the property tax rate.
     The decision illustrates a stark shift by the nine-member council, which has supported most of Baker's major initiatives throughout his 4 1 /2 years in office.
     ... The council's overrides reinstate a 4-cent increase in the property tax rate. Baker had originally proposed a 15-cent increase, then floated an 11.45-cent increase on Monday.
     Although the amount is significantly smaller than what Baker sought, it would be the first property tax increase in Prince George's in nearly four decades — a blow to anti-tax activists who pushed through a tax cap in 1978 and have defended it ever since. ...
     ... Franklin called Baker's discussion of litigation "embarrassing and strange" for the county as well as "self destructive and self-defeating."

Comment by "Photon C" 
Let me know where and when to sign a petition to recall council members for voting for any property tax increase or any tax increase what so ever. Also, I am more than willing to sign any petition to stop any property tax increase.
      Funny how PG Co. property taxes haven't been increased in such a long time and are still higher than neighboring, nicer counties.
Prince George's Co. council overrides budget veto
W*USA 9 (Staff, 11:26 p.m. EDT June 16, 2015)
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- The Prince George's County Council has overridden County Executive Rushern Baker's veto of the county budget for the 2016 fiscal year, ,,, The council said residents and business found Baker's tax hike unaffordable and harmful to the county's economic recovery.
Tracee Wilkins @TraceeWilkins
10:38 PM - 16 Jun 2015
The prospect of the County Exec suing this Council would be self-destructive, self-defeating and irresponsible - Mel Franklin, Council Chair
Tracee Wilkins  @TraceeWilkins 
10:37 PM - 16 Jun 2015
The Prince George's County Council overrides the County Executive's budget setting up the possibility for litigation. @nbcwashington

Arelis R. Hernández  @arelisrhdz
10:19 PM - 16 Jun 2015
Is the Budget war over in Pr. George’s: after Council overrides Baker’s vetoes? We shall see wpo.st/kYvL0 pic.twitter.com/zeT5h6N8ca

1 comment:

  1. The County Exec and the Council duking it out in court, and no matter which "side" wins, undoubtedly there will be a citizen group suing one or both of them, since BOTH voted to override TRIM, contrary to the expressed wishes of the citizens.