The Prince George's County Council last week submitted its fiscal 1984 budget to County Executive Parris Glendening, who, under charter provisions, may not make changes. The council requested $2.6 million, the same amount it received in fiscal 1983.
Included in the budget are salaries; $26,289 more for printing, duplication and telephone costs; $13,762 for anticipated increases for advertising, and $10,000 for the required yearly independent audit of county records and to make required changes in accounting forms.
In other action, the council approved a comprehensive plan for reviewing the county government's entire fiscal 1984 budget. Under the plan, each council member will be assigned to review the budgets of individual agencies. Members will be asked to place greater emphasis on long-range planning and finding ways to cut costs, particularly salary costs. Members will be rotated among different agency assignments each year.
Council members Sue Mills and James Herl also introduced a bill to give local governments first priority in acquiring surplus county property.
Under the measure, surplus properties--like unused school buildings--would be advertised to the municipalities first. If the local governments had no interest, bids would be accepted from the general public. The length of time municipalities can hold the properties before making needed improvements or finalizing plans for them would be reduced from one year to six months.
Mills and Herl said they introduced the bill partly to ensure that uses for surplus properties are compatible with the surrounding neighborhood, and that members of the general public all have a chance to acquire the properties.
Under the present system, surplus properties are first advertised to a list of several hundred persons who have indicated an interest in acquiring properties. After these persons place bids on the properties or fail to express interest, the properties are advertised to the public. If municipalities also want to acquire the property, they have up to a year to produce plans and formalize arrangements.