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Pr. George's County Proposes Budget For Fiscal Year 2012

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Baker wants to close a projected $77 million gap by eliminating 145 vacant positions in county government.

Under his budget plan, pay for county employees remains frozen for the 3rd year in a row. Baker is also proposing the creation of a $50 million economic development fund that would be paid for with $64 million of left over surplus from 2010.

The executive says the money will be used to seed new business which will broaden the county's tax base.

"This expansion will provide additional resources in the long term for our two major priority areas: K through 12 education and public safety," Baker says. "Our ability to expand our investment in education and public safety is directly tied to our ability to grow our commercial tax base."

Baker also proposed moderate increases in public safety staffing including the training of 150 new police recruits.

"This will take our sworn level of officers to 1,610," he says.

The proposal now goes to the county council which must approve a plan by May 26.

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