Baltimore City Passes Budget After Compromise on Youth Program Funding

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After much public discussion and back and forth between the mayor and city council regarding funding of youth programs, the Baltimore City Council unanimously passed Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s operating budget of $2.6 billion.

According to The Baltimore Sun article, the budget

…cuts property taxes and shrinks the government to its smallest size in decades.

The budget deal, which passed 12-0, came after the council and mayor fought for weeks over $4.2 million that Rawlings-Blake did not initially include for youth programs.

The mayor agreed last week to add the $4.2 million, which will pay for after-school and community school programming for about 2,500 students. To free the money, she said she needed to cut funding elsewhere — including $100,000 for library materials.

Another Baltimore Sun article gives more details about the passed budget.

The deal would free money by spreading $4.2 million in cuts across city agencies. It calls for the elimination of about a dozen vacant or new positions, a $100,000 reduction in an anti-litter campaign, and would cut spending for street and alley cleaning and graffiti removal.

Also to be cut is $1 million in merit-based raises for city managers, $100,000 for library materials, and $170,000 for bridge repairs and preventive maintenance.

Discretionary grants provided to community groups for programs such as homeownership counseling, health services and financial literacy would be reduced by $500,000.

For more details about the City’s budget, visit Baltimore City online.