Baltimore City Releases Budget

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — If you live, work or just visit Baltimore, big cuts and money raisers in the city’s new budget are likely to impact you.

Mike Hellgren breaks down where the dollars are going.

Baltimore will raise some money with new speed cameras but the city’s newly passed $1.3 billion budget was tight, with some deep cuts.

Neddie Smith has lived in Baltimore for years and is just glad his property taxes have not gone up.

“They’ve got to cut what they’ve got to cut and do what they have to do with the money they’ve got to work with,” he said.

Baltimore will fund 300 new police officer positions but continue closing firehouses on a rotating basis.  Those firehouse closures have raised the alarm of longtime Councilmember Mary Pat Clarke.

“That is something that is very dangerous, very problematic,” Clarke said.

Libraries were spared but there will be reductions in tree cutting and graffiti removal and bulk trash pickup will cost you, starting in January.

“We made the tough decisions to get through a significant budget deficit,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said.

The budget for animal services was cut and money for recreation centers was slashed.  The city’s counting on businesses and nonprofits to take over almost half of the rec centers.

Employees will still get unpaid furlough days.  A two percent cost of living raise will partially offset them.

While the final budget has been passed, these funding cuts can always be restored if the economy improves.

“We’re not going down again.  We have to move up.  It’s absolutely essential.  We’ve had enough,” Clarke said.

The mayor plans to release a detailed account of what’s being spent to help young people after protests over cuts to a summer jobs program.

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  1. JackDaniels says:

    300 NEW COPS WON’T MAKE A DAM BIT OF DIFFERENCE IN THE CRIME RATE…………………..PATROL OFFICERS ARE NOT A DETERRENT TO CRIME………………THEY SHOULD SPEND THAT MONEY ON THE FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND THE TREE CUTTING AND GRAFFITI REMOVAL…………..THEN AT LEAST YOU CAN SEE AN IMPROVEMENT IN HOW THE CITY LOOKS!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. warren says:

    I agree,also stop spending millions on rehab work in the city.over $400,000 to rehab a row house-give me a break

  3. SILLYMAN MICHAELS says:

    USE IT WHERE IT IS NEEDED THE MOST NOT ON REDICULOUS THINGS…MAYOR
    LADY IF YOUR HOUSE CAUGHT ON FIRE AND NO FIREMEN SHOWED UP WHAT
    WOULD YOU DO..AND GET RID OF THE STUPID SAYINGS…”THE CITY THAT READS”/BELIEVE ..BELIEVE IN WHAT THAT THIS CITY ABSOLUTELY SUCKS

  4. chalkie says:

    How many more cops does the city need? The already have the most cops per person then anywhere else in the U.S.. Why don’t you hire cops that work. The fire department has been taking cuts since Mayor Schmoke. How many people have been lost in the city in fires, and how many had a random fire station closed by them when it happened? Every second counts when there is a fire or a major accident. They call it the golden hour for a reason when someone is hurt, in which how much they will recover or die from injuries. The fire department cannot keep taking the brunt end of the stick, because the mayor and city council cannot make a budget that works. Your going to keep lossing more people in fires including fire fighters because of the lack of back up. Wise up miss mayor. WIth having the most police per person then any where else, your crimes should be alot better then anywhere else in the U.S. also. But its not so take a deep look into why that is and I bet you could save alot of money from what you find.

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