…and hiring freeze under Rushern Baker regime.
Weak tax revenue has exposed gaps in Prince George’s County’s annual budget that have triggered modest hiring and funding freezes across the government, officials said Tuesday.
Prince George’s is facing a $59 million deficit that, if left unchecked, could swell and jeopardize the county’s bond rating, budget administrator Thomas Himler said during a briefing Tuesday with the County Council.
The administration has begun to reduce overtime for emergency workers, withhold funding for various programs and cancel recruitment classes for the county’s police and fire departments. Those measures could save $18 million by the end of fiscal year 2015.
“We consistently spend more than what we bring in,” said Himler, who reports to County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D). “Right now, we are not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.” He added that the budget cuts are temporary and could be modified if future revenue provides a clearer picture of the county’s fiscal health. >>> Read more Washington Post.