Layoffs Possible Next Year in Pr. Geo.'s County
County officials in Prince George's might need to lay off 400 to 500 county employees next year--more than 7 percent of the county's total workforce, according to an internal document obtained by the Washington Post.
The document was presented to state lawmakers by County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) at a closed-door meeting last week. The document was handed out by Johnson's aides and then collected at the end of the meeting. Johnson indicated to lawmakers that without additional revenues, the county's budget shortfall will gape to $73 million for the year that begins July 1, 2009.
To close the gap, Johnson and his aides told lawmakers deep cuts would be necessary, Possibilities include a virtual salary freeze for employees, a repeat of this year's two weeks of unpaid leave for employees, and the layoffs.
According to the document the layoffs could affect a wide range of services, including health inspections, building permitting, animal control, library staffing, child immunizations and prenatal care.
Participants at the meeting have said Johnson urged lawmakers not to worsen the county's situation by cutting state aid when the legislative session begins in January. He also suggested he might request that lawmakers grant local leaders wider authorities to raise taxes to boost revenues.
November 19, 2008; 12:39 PM ET
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