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Dernoga: O'Malley approval of Park Commission tax bill a crying matter for Pr. Geo.'s

Gov. Martin O'Malley's decison to sign into law a tax measure that could throw a serious kink in the budget plans of Prince George's County was greeted with some dark humor from County Council Chairman Thomas E. Dernoga Tuesday.

Before the start of a council meeting on the budget of the Prince George's County half of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Comission--which stands to lose $18 million in tax revenue next fiscal year thanks to a law signed by O'Malley (D) this morning--Dernoga (D-Laurel) joked to an attendee: "Are you crying already? I heard the governor signed that bill, so you might as well cry."

Some have said the loss of revenue for the commission will make it difficult for the agency to provide millions in assistance to the county's budget without delaying or scrapping parks and rec projects throughout the county. The new law will also give residents a break on taxes paid to the commission, which are based on property assessments.

By Jonathan F. Mummolo  |  May 4, 2010; 1:59 PM ET
Categories:  Governor , Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  | Tags: Martin O'Malley, Prince George, Prince George's County Maryland  
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