How Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's budget affects you [Pictures]
Here's a breakdown of how the budget will affect the lives of city residents and government workers, according to a briefing by Andrew W. Kleine, Baltimore's budget director. --Yvonne Wenger
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Overview( Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun / March 19, 2014 )
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 is nearly $2.5 billion, a 3.5 percent increase over the current spending plan. The administration also wants to spend $897 million on capital improvements, of which 72 percent would go toward water and sewer upgrades.
Overall, the budget aims to knock millions off the long-term structural deficit -- once projected to be $750 million over 10 years -- and make the city's property taxes more competitive by continuing to reduce the rate homeowners pay.
"Time and time again what I have done during my time in office is tackle some persistent problems," Rawlings-Blake said in an interview Tuesday. "While I am very proud, we're not done. We've made significant reductions in the structural deficit, and there is a lot more to be done. I am going to continue to talk straight about what needs to be done."
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