Baker holds private meeting to explain police station foul up

rushern-baker-head-111010wMr. Rushern Baker III has been under pressure to perform and denounce corruption in the county 

UPPER MARLBORO, Md.

According to WUSA9, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker met privately late Monday afternoon with community leaders from Fort Washington to explain his side of an embarrassing budget situation that has produced a new $14 million dollar county police station with no funding for the officers to occupy it upon completion.

The meeting was held at the county administration building in Upper Marlboro, according to Baker spokesman Scott Peterson.

Early in 2015, Baker proposed a budget that called for countywide furloughs of county workers and layoffs for some, while leaving enough money to staff the new District VII police station now near completion on Fort Washington Road.

The Prince George’s County Council rejected that proposal and instead called for a 2 percent cut to all departments countywide. That left police with insufficient funds for the station, according to chief Mark Magaw.

Baker vetoed the budget, but the council overrode him.

Meanwhile, crime in the area of the District VII station has been declining, according to Peterson.

The situation is part of the fallout over a bitter year in Prince George’s between the County Executive and the County Council, which rejected Baker’s bold plan to raise taxes 15 percent to fund a turnaround of the school system.

County Council Chairman Mel Franklin said delaying the opening of the station is “disrespectful” to those communities that had lobbied for it for 15 years and were eager to see it open in September 2015.

 “There was zero communication with the community,” said Franklin (D-Upper Marlboro), whose district would have been served by the station.

The budget finally adopted by the council raised taxes 4 percent despite the cuts that were made.

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  1. Prince George’s County does this all the time. When school buildings get state funds to rehabilitate science classrooms, about 15 to 20 thousand dollars comes with each room to stock it with new science equipment materials and supplies. The department teachers never see the money and that money just, disappears. Teachers are left with rooms that are never stocked sometimes for decades.

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