QUESTION A: REQUIRING CERTAIN LANGUAGE IN CAPITAL BONDING ACTS PUT TO REFERENDUM.
Currently, a bond issue designed to pay for a number of separate capital projects is petitioned to referendum as a whole, so that voters approve all the projects or none of them.
If approved, this question would require that any time the voters are given an opportunity - in a referendum ballot - to approve or disapprove a county bond issue, they must have a chance to vote on each specific project separately.
QUESTION B: TO PERMIT COUNTY CODE SUPPLEMENTS TO BE ISSUED MORE FREQUENTLY.
At present, the county charter allows the council to publish supplements to the county code once a year. The supplements include all new local laws or changes in the existing laws enacted by the County Council. If passed, this charter amendment would allow the supplements to be published as often as the council deems necessary.
QUESTION C: TIGHTENS EXISTING BUDGETARY PROCEDURES.
This amendment is broken into a number of different parts, some of which update the language of the existing budgetary procedures, and some of which set up new requirements that must be met before certain revenues can be included in the county budget.
If passed, the amendment would:
Update job requirements and titles for employes of the budger department.
Give the County Council an extra two weeks to adopt its budget. Now the budget must be adopted by May 15; the new deadline would be June 1.
Change and tighten the definition of "emergency" in the section of the code allowing for the adoption of midyear budget amendments in case of emergencies.
Set up new procedures for allowing supplemental appropriations to be included in the budget. This means that the council could appropriate revenue from federal, state or private grants by simple resolution; unexpected tax revenue, however, cannot be included in the budget without formal legislative action, including public hearings.
QUESTION D: CLARIFYING EMPLOYES' ACCESS TO EXISTING GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES.
Under the current county code, a special board has been established under the personnel department to handle employe grievances. However, those employes also covered by union collective bargaining agreements have access to a separate avenue for pursuing grievances under their union contract. If this amendment were passed, county employes with a grievance, who had access to both the regular grievance procedures and separate grievance procedures established under a union a union contract, could no longer pursue both avenues but would have to choose one or the other.
QUESTION E: CLARIFIES THE DEFINITION OF "QUALIFIED VOTER."
At present, there are several references in the county charter to actions that may be taken by a "qualified voter." This amendment, if passed, would define a "qualified voter" as a registered voter.
QUESTION F: REQUIRING VOTER APPROVAL OF METRO CONSTRUCTION BONDS.
Prince George's County currently has the authority to issue bonds to raise money for construction of the Metro subway system. These bonds can be sold by the county executive if approved by a majority of the County Council.
If passed, this amendment would require that all new Metro bond issues be approved by county voters.
QUESTION G: SETTING A CEILING ON TOTAL PROPERTY TAX COLLECTIONS.
This is the TRIM amendment in Prince George's County. It is based on the theory that county taxpayers should not have to contribute any more in property taxes to the county budget than the $140 million they now contribute.
If passed, the amendment woud require the county in future years, to set the tax rate at a leval that would ensure that the total amount of property taxed raised would not exceed $140 million.
An additional section of this question provides that, if state law is changed to permit the country to set differing tax rates for different kinds of property - residential, commercial and industrial, for instance - the total taxes paid by residential property owners still must remain frozen at the fiscal 1979 level. The total taxes paid by other property owners, however, could increase.
QUESTION H: BOND ISSUE FOR PRINCE GEORGE-S GENERAL HOSPITAL.
Approval of the question would authorize the county to issue bonds worth up to $2,065,000 to finance increased construction costs of a $5.5 million ambulatory care center at Prince George Hospital and Medical Center in Cheverly.