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Baltimore's bloated City Council

Baltimore's bloated City Council

With Baltimore City's population continuing to evaporate and its never-ending annual budget cliffhangers, it is reasonable for voters to re-evaluate the arbitrary size of the 15-member City Council. In November 2018, voters may get an opportunity to reduce it to an 11-member body if 10,000 city voters sign the petition for the issue to be voted on in the general election. This plan would retain the single at-large City Council president and reduce the number of part-time members from 14 to 10.

This plan may place pressure on the large and expensive City Council to show voters that its current structure is needed and that it can generate fresh ideas and pass bills that reduce the...