The Hyattsville City Council at its June 4 meeting approved a $4.9 million budget for fiscal 1991 -- $700,000 more than current spending.

The budget, which takes effect July 1, calls for the property tax rate to remain at $1.25 per $100 of assessed value, but homeowners will still see higher tax bills because of rising property assessments.

The budget includes pay raises for the city's 76 employees. The public works department, with a $1.2 million budget, and the police department, with a $1.1 million budget, constitute nearly half of the city spending plan.

In other news, the council will not meet Monday as scheduled. It has scheduled the following upcoming meetings: June 25, 7:30 p.m., work session; July 2, 8 p.m., council meeting; July 30, 7:30 p.m., work session; Aug. 6, 8 p.m., council meeting; Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m., work session; Sept. 17, 8 p.m., council meeting.

All meetings will take place at the City Hall, 4017 Hamilton St. For more information, call 927-3810. CITY OF NEW CARROLLTON

The New Carrollton City Council at its June 4 meeting approved a $2.8 million budget for fiscal 1991.

The budget calls for the property tax rate to increase three cents, from 81 cents per $100 of assessed value to 84 cents.

Mayor Andrew C. Hanko had earlier proposed a 12-cent increase in the property tax rate, but according to City Administrator Larry Pierce, the city will instead use a $140,000 revenue surplus expected from the current budget.

Pierce said the tax increase was needed to offset shrinking revenue, caused in part by a reduction in the automobile inventory tax, a county-levied tax on auto dealers. The tax now contributes $30,000 to the city.

The largest chunk of the budget, $700,000, will be used for such projects as street maintenance and trash pickup, including $225,000 to pay for use of the county landfills.

The council cut from the budget $55,000 to hire an additional off-duty county police officer to patrol the city, despite the fact that voters approved the proposal, 460-to 242, in an informal referendum held last month. The city's police force is currently made up of two part-time off-duty county police officers. The city administrator said the council consulted with apartment and condominium owners who said the city didn't need the third officer.

The budget also includes $250,000 to help fund a 15-year road maintenance program; $64,000 to replace one of the city's five refuse trucks, and $13,000 to air condition the multipurpose room at the City Hall.

The budget includes $30,000 to pay for a special city referendum, scheduled for the fall, that would ask citizens whether they want to refurbish or replace the aging city public works facility on Westbrook Drive.

The New Carrollton City Council will not meet next Wednesday as scheduled, because city officials will be attending the Maryland Municipal League convention. The meeting has been rescheduled for 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at at the City Hall, 6016 Princess Garden Pkwy. For more information, call 459-6100. TOWN OF RIVERDALE

The Riverdale Town Council at its June 4th meeting, unanimously approved a $1.6 million budget for fiscal year 1991, $18,000 less than the current budget.

Mayor Anne M. Ferguson said the town, under severe financial constraints, trimmed one position from the public works department and changed to a less expensive hospitalization benefit plan for the town's 38 employees in order to cut the budget. The department receives $552,000 under the budget.

The 12-member police department would receive the largest appropriation of the budget -- $567,000.

According to Ferguson, the council had planned to eliminate the police department's five dispatcher positions and use the county police dispatcher system -- at an estimated savings of $120,000 -- and instead add three new positions, a detective, an officer and a secretary to the department.

However, she said the police department objected strongly to the proposal and the council agreed to keep the dispatcher positions. Ferguson said the town could now probably afford only to add just one position to the police department.

The Town Council will meet 7 p.m. June 25 to make possible further adjustments in the budget. The meeting will be held at the town hall, 5008 Queensbury Rd. For more information, call 927-6381. CITY OF TAKOMA PARK

The Takoma Park City Council on Monday approved an $8.2 million capital improvements and operating budget for fiscal 1991, an increase of $700,000, or 9.3 percent, over the current budget of $7.5 million. The council also lowered the property tax rate from $1.83 to $1.77 per $100 of assessed value. {See related article in today's Maryland Weekly.}