City of Annapolis budget hearings set for Monday

The Annapolis mayor and city council will hold public hearings on the city's proposed budget Monday night. The hearings are scheduled as part of the council's regular meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 160 Duke of Gloucester St.

Mayor Mike Pantelides' budget proposal calls for laying off 13 employees, furloughing other workers and eliminating 20 vacant positions. The proposal has drawn criticism from employees and their union representatives.

Pantelides said he's looking forward to hearing from the public.

"I'm interested to hear people's thoughts and want them to come forward," he said.

The budget bills will be reviewed by the council's Finance Committee — made up of Aldermen Ian Pfeiffer, Ross Arnett and Fred Paone — before being returned to the council for final votes.

The mayor has proposed a $96.6 million operating budget and a $15.8 million capital budget. The fiscal year begins July 1.

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