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Prince George’s needs new ways to bridge budget gap

Lagging tax revenue is failing to keep up with expenses in Prince George’s County, according to a report released Tuesday, and if nothing is done to fix it, the government could face a $250 million budget hole by 2022.

One week before County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) is expected to present his proposed 2017 budget to the council, a preliminary report from a blue-ribbon commission says that years of tax caps, expensive labor agreements and a reluctance to raise fees have left the county with a worsening structural deficit.

Baker and lawmakers have cut some spending, incrementally raised taxes and used rainy day funds to shore up budget gaps in recent years. But the report suggests that more drastic changes are needed.

Read the full article from The Washington Post.

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