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City Council presses for still more auditing of Baltimore agencies

City Council presses for still more auditing of Baltimore agencies

Frustrated by a lack of agency-level auditing in Baltimore, City Council members are pressing to change the city's charter to force audits of municipal departments every two years.

City Councilman Eric T. Costello, the bill's lead sponsor, said he believes biennual performance audits — reviews that track such things as how often potholes are filled or restaurant inspections are completed — will improve efficiency in city government.

"This is about, 'Are we getting the services we're paying for?'" Costello said. His proposed charter amendment, which he submitted in time to be placed on the November ballot, would need approval by the voters. "The focus...

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