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Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic Prompt Revisions to FY 2021 County Budget Proposal
The coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic has thrust us all into uncertain times and unknown territory. Among the mounting impacts of this crisis is an economic challenge of historic proportion in Prince George’s County, that must be addressed in the County Council’s FY 2021 Budget Review and Adoption Process.
This will be yet another challenge that Prince Georgians will rise to meet together, motivated by the strength, determination and resiliency of our residents and communities.
The County Council will continue its work with County Executive Alsobrooks and her budget team, County residents and all stakeholders, to ensure our County’s fiscal priorities are met, and address the community’s need for critical services and resources, in the review and adoption of the FY 2021 Proposed Operating and Capital budgets for Prince George’s County, as well as the budgets for two bi-county agencies - Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission and Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.
On March 11, 2020, in accordance with the County Charter, County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks transmitted her Proposed FY 2021 Operating and Capital Budgets to the Council. This week, anticipating a $134 million drop in County revenues as result of COVID-19 and applying reserve funds and outside aid, County Executive Alsobrooks submitted an amended FY 2021 Operating Budget proposal to the Council. Adjustments to the Proposed FY 2021 Capital Budget are forthcoming.
The revised budget seeks to offset severe revenue erosion; maintain core government services; manage the pandemic; implement significant spending controls; and retain the existing workforce with hiring and salary freezes. We agree however, with the County Executive, that we must closely monitor our revenue collections and overall economic trends for further threats to the County’s fiscal health.