WASHINGTON — The Prince George’s County Council voted Tuesday to override County Executive Rushern Baker’s budget veto, preventing a double-digit property tax hike.
Residents and businesses have said such a tax increase is unaffordable and hurtful to the county’s economy.
Earlier this week, Baker said the council violated the county charter when it rejected his 2016 budget. Instead of Baker’s proposed property tax-rate increase of 11 cents, the council wanted an increase of 4 cents. However, a charter provision states they can only amend the budget revenue estimates they are given by 1 percent.
Baker has said the matter may end up being decided in court.