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Prince George’s officials seek public input on trimming $2.7 billion county budget

The second of three public discussions about the Prince George’s County budget is scheduled for Wednesday evening.

Members of the public are invited to testify at the session, which will be led by County Executive Rushern L. Baker III(D).

Baker’s administration has said it faces a major challenge this year because of an anticipated $152 million budget gap in the $2.7 billion spending plan.

Baker has averted layoffs and unpaid furloughs since taking office in December 2010, but this year could be different, officials have said.

County agencies have been examining current spending to try to make cuts.

Anyone wishing to testify may sign up in advance by calling 301-952-4547, (TDD 301-985-3894) between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Wednesday’s session, which begins at 7 p.m. will be held at at Friendly High School, 10000 Allentown Rd., Fort Washington.

The final session will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Laurel High School.

The hearings, for the first time, are being broadcast live on the county’s Web site. Residents also are invited to tweet their views by using hashtag #pgcfy14. Written testimony also will be accepted.

Baker is expected to submit his budget proposal to the County Council by mid-March. The new spending year begins July 1.



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