BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s spending board has approved a plan to keep the city’s nonemergency call center open under its current hours.

The plan approved on Wednesday contains a $470,000 call center appropriation and is the latest in a series of tweaks to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s $1.3 billion operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The 311 program’s budget was among the cuts used made by Rawlings-Blake to help close a $61 million spending gap. The
Baltimore Sun reports that the mayor has not reversed cuts to the budget for recreation centers or extended hours for pools.

Rawlings-Blake said after the Board of Estimates meeting that the city is juggling resources and trying to do more with less.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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