Turmoil at city hall as city administrator and treasurer resign

October 16, 2013

BY SUSIE CURRIE — Two city directors resigned after the Hyattsville City Council called a special meeting to discuss a troubling fact they’d only recently learned: The city is nearly three years behind in its required annual audits. City Administrator Jerry Schiro’s resignation was accepted [read more]

How did we get here?

July 8, 2013

 – BY ROSANNA LANDIS WEAVER — Here are some of the unpleasant realities of Hyattsville’s fiscal situation: There is less money coming in and our obligations are growing. In other words, less income and more expenses. Dealing with these realities will require commitment on the part of all [read more]

City budget passes at the 11th hour

July 8, 2013

BY ROSANNA LANDIS WEAVER — At the last minute, on June 28, the City Council passed a budget ordinance that both the mayor and councilmembers were dissatisfied with. But they knew it was their only option to avoid starting the new fiscal year on July 1 without an operating budget. “I would [read more]

Tough challenges ahead for city budget

June 8, 2013

The issues that challenge Hyattsville’s city budget are nearly universal: tax rates, retirement expenses and what to cut when there’s not enough money for everything.  Some decisions have been made that create the framework and other questions need to be resolved before the council can pass [read more]

Rallying for prosperity

April 20, 2013

BY  JOSH LOGUE —“What does democracy look like? This is what democracy looks like!” chanted the 50 or so people who showed up at the Prosperity, Not Austerity Rally at University Town Center on a cool Saturday afternoon in March. The group gathered outside the Belcrest Road branch of Prince [read more]

Council wrangling delays 2013 budget

June 11, 2012

BY KAREN RILEY —Repeated delays, unavailable documents, last-minute dollar estimates and a significant clerical mistake marked this year’s budget cycle for the city of Hyattsville. What’s more, residents who watched the proceedings were treated to so much verbal sparring that it often seemed [read more]

City budget holds steady, new departments formed

May 15, 2012

BY KAREN J. RILEY — Mayor Marc Tartaro’s budget for fiscal year 2013, which starts July 1, is positively upbeat in comparison to other jurisdictions. Lower tax collections due to the collapse in housing prices and economic stagnation have forced many municipalities to reduce services and lay [read more]

Five-year plan for city buildings and roads approved

May 15, 2012

BY SUSIE CURRIE — On April 30, the city council passed the five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), for fiscal years 2013 to 2017. It’s the second year that capital improvements have been forecast beyond the current budget. The vote had been scheduled for the April 25 special budget session [read more]

No property tax hike in 2012

July 10, 2011

BY KAREN J. RILEY — No one looks forward to opening their annual  property tax bills, but at least residents will know what to expect to see in their next bill. The Hyattsville City Council adopted a $21.33 million city budget on June 13 that left the city’s current tax rates intact [read more]
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