PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY COUNCIL SEEKS BLUE RIBBON COMMISSION MEMBERS

Commission to Address County’s Structural Deficit; Residents with Budget, Finance or Public Policy Expertise Encouraged to Submit Resume for Consideration – Deadline July 15

The Prince George’s County Council is currently accepting resumes from County residents with expertise in matters of budget, finance or public policy, to serve as members of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Addressing Prince George’s County’s Structural Deficit.

The Blue Ribbon Commission, established by Council Resolution 26-2015, will propose policies to the County Council and the County Executive over the next year to address the County’s structural deficit – the imbalance caused when normal government spending exceeds tax revenues on an annual basis.  The commission will collect, review and discuss comparative budget data and information regarding Prince George’s County’s fiscal health; policies and practices that affect Prince George’s County’s revenue structure and the strength of its tax base; the structure and fiscal dynamics of Prince George’s County’s government; and feedback from community stakeholders concerning the County’s budget and tax structure.

“The Council received a very loud and clear message from residents during the most recent budget process,” said Council Chairman Mel Franklin.  “We need to get the County’s fiscal house in order and create more confidence in how the County manages taxpayer dollars.  We encourage our best and brightest residents to consider serving as a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission as we work to address our long-term budget challenges.”

The Blue Ribbon Commission will consist of 15 members appointed by the County Council in consultation with the County Executive.  Commission members will serve a term of one year.

Residents interested in serving as a Blue Ribbon Commission member should submit a letter expressing interest and resume to ClerkoftheCouncil@co.pg.md.us.   Submission materials may also be mailed to Clerk of the Council; 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive; Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772, or faxed to 301.780.2097.  Deadline for submissions isWednesday July 15, 2015.  No phone inquiries please.

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