February 9, 2016

Dear Friends,
 
Cover of Black History Month brochure
To celebrate Black History Month 2016, M-NCPPC's Department of Parks and Recreation will offer the community numerous exciting events and exhibits, including the opening reception for "Another Field of Firsts: African American Aviators in Prince George's County" on Thursday, February 11, from 6-8 p.m. at the College Park Aviation Museum. This free event will feature light refreshments and live jazz by the Terp Jazz Trio. I hope to see you there! 

Below you will find a list of several more District 3 events, please review this beautiful brochure online for events taking place all over the County.

Saturday, February 13, 1 p.m.: College Park Aviation Museum: African American Aviators Tour
 
Friday, February 19, 7:30-8:30 p.m.: College Park Community Center: Archaeology and How It Affects You

Saturday, February 27, 6-8 p.m.: College Park Youth Services Center: Xtreme Teens: Black History Movie Night
 
Sunday, February 28, 12-3:30 p.m.: Riversdale House Museum: The Plummers' Kitchen

Photo from PGCSIF 40 Under Forty awards Congratulations to the 2015 40 Under Forty honorees, top local talent in the areas of art & humanities, business, education, health & fitness, public service, and science & engineering, recognized by the Prince George's County Social Innovation Fund. I am incredibly grateful to Tonia Wellons and the Prince George's County Social Innovation Fund for their vision in creating 40 Under Forty five years ago, and for the work the PGCSIF continues to do in our County. It was an honor to join many of my colleagues to celebrate the 2015 40 Under Forty last Thursday.

You may have read that home values in Prince George's County are on the rise. This is good news for our County, which was hit hard by the recession. One-third of the homes in the County are reassessed each year by the State ensuring each home is reassessed every three years. A large portion of District 3 was reassessed in 2015 and those statements arrived late December or early January.
 
If you received an assessment notice and feel the Total New Market Value on your notice (box 7) does not reflect the market value of your property, you have until February 11 to appeal your property assessment. Find more information on the appeal process hereTo begin the process, simply file a notice of appeal online here. You may also call the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation at (888) 246-5941 for more information.
 
It is safe to say that nearly all homes were assessed for more this year than in 2012While one might assume a higher assessment means you will pay more County taxes this year, this is not the case. You won't pay any additional taxes to the County, but you will pay additional taxes to the State, M-NCPPC and your local municipality (if you live in one).
 
The County's real property tax revenue capacity is not fully realized due to the structure of the County's Homestead Tax Credit. This credit caps the growth of owner-occupied property assessments. While the County is allowed by the State to assess up to 10% of the new rate, a ballot referendum in the early 90's amended the County Charter to tie our increase to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) or up to 5%, whichever is lowest. This year the CPI is 0%, which means homeowners will pay the same County taxes as last year, even if their home value increased. Prince George's County's rate will likely be the lowest rate set by any county in Maryland this year.

One of my top priorities is to support our business owners and entrepreneurs throughout the County and promote redevelopment to increase our commercial tax base.  
 
On Thursday, February 18, at 6:30 p.m., our agencies are hosting the first Prince George's County Food Truck Hub Informational Meeting. Join us to learn about the new regulations around food trucks and Food Truck Hubs in Prince George's County.
 
Another opportunity for business owners and entrepreneurs is coming up on February 24, from 7-9 p.m. I am hosting an event  with Council Member Deni Taveras at the Prince George's Community College Center for Entrepreneurial Development University Town Center Campus to showcase opportunities and resources for business owners and entrepreneurs. I'll include more details in my next e-newsletter, but please save the date and plan to join us.

Do you know about the County's Youth@Work/Summer Youth Employment ProgramThrough this program, young people between the ages of 15 and 19 years old can participate in career development, life-skills training and job training sponsored by Prince George's Community College. Youth are eligible to participate in SYEP twice, or up to the age of 19. Second year students will have the opportunity to gain competencies through the newly implemented career pathways program. Registration is open. Please share this opportunity with the young people in your life. 

As always, never hesitate to reach out to me at CouncilDistrict3@co.pg.md.us or 301-952-3060. You can reach my staff via the same phone number or email address on the right. 

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Together Strengthening our Community,
   
P.S. The Prince George's County Council has launched a new Legislative/Zoning Information System. The new LZIS provides enhanced access to the actions of the Council on both Legislative and Zoning issues. I think you will find it much easier to use than our old LIS website. Please check it out!
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Domestic and family violence is abusive behavior by one person to control and dominate another person within a close relationship. It may include physical assault, psychological abuse, social abuse, economic abuse or emotional abuse. Help is available. Dial 211 now and the the help and counseling you need. Additional resources, including how to ID domestic violence and how to get help are here.


February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships. M-NCPPC and the State's Attorney's office are sponsoring The Dating Game on February, 11, from 6:30-9:30pm. Register here.


When a snow emergency is declared, the Prince George's County Dept. of Public Works & Transportation is responsible for providing "passable" conditions on a network of over 1,800 miles of county-maintained roadways. They need your help: move and keep vehicles off snow emergency routes; park in driveways or other off-road locations when possible; park only on EVEN NUMBERED sides of roads/streets (municipality rules may differ). Wait 12 hours after precipitation has stopped to call the Snow Information Center at 301-350-0500 or 311. Track the snowplows online here.


If you live in East Riverdale or Beacon Heights, an important conversation about the future is taking place now. Please engage with the East Riverdale/Beacon Heights Sector Plan via¬ 
the online Wikimap Planning Tool. Visit the website to learn more about the East Riverdale and Beacon Heights Sector Plan and to share your ideas.
Contact Info
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Aimee Olivo, 

Chief of Staff:

aeolivo@co.pg.md.us 

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Wanda Brooks, 
Citizen Services Specialist:
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Angel Dureke,
Scheduler and Administrative Assistant:
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Thomas Mayah, 
Citizen Services Assistant:
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Alina Smith, 
Hispanic Liaison:


If you have received this e-news from someone other than my office, and are interested in receiving this update directly, please email Thomas Mayah at the District 3 Council Office at tsmayah@co.pg.md.us or call (301) 952-3060.



Prince George's County Council | Council Member Dannielle Glaros, District 3 | 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive | Upper Marlboro | MD | 20772