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Young, Pratt criticize city's use of consultants

Young, Pratt criticize city's use of consultants

Two of the city's top three elected officials are criticizing what they believe is an over-reliance on consultants within city government.

Both City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young and Comptroller Joan M. Pratt voted against a $27 million on-call consulting agreement with three firms and the city's Department of Public Works.

The city's Board of Estimates, which is controlled by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, approved the deal by a 3-2 vote Wednesday. 

"It appears that the city is continuing to outsource," Pratt said. "What the city should do is hire and train engineers to do the work that the consultants have been doing. I'm...