Two key budgetary measures are headed to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's desk after the City Council gave final approval Monday to new storm water fees and a pension overhaul.
The new storm water fees will cost homeowners between $40 and $120 a year. The rate depends on the amount of impervious surfaces that allow rainwater to wash pollution into Chesapeake Bay tributaries.
The council signed off on the fees — included in the city's $2.4 billion operating budget — without discussion. Councilman Brandon M. Scott voted against the plan, having previously voiced concern over the impact to his Northeast district.
Municipal workers will now have to contribute 1 percent of their salaries to the city pension each year for five years, growing to 5 percent. The increase is paired with a 2 percent raise each year for a total raise of 10 percent.
The pension increase applies to Baltimore's non-public-safety workers.
Clarke has called the pension contribution increases excessive when factoring in the higher out-of-pocket health care costs workers now face.
The new spending plan takes effect July 1.
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