of Young sitting in an open-wheeled race car to promote a planned race in the city. "I'm a single woman with two cats," Blake said. "And my cats are only eating dry food." Middleton asked for an audit of "the whole city," saying management ranks had grown 20 percent while line workers have been cut. "We have six to nine levels of bosses above every sanitation worker," he said. "Stop balancing the budget on the backs of the working poor in the city of Baltimore." Several speakers asked the council to restore funding for "ancillary services" at the city's schools, including school medical clinics and crossing guards. Advocates of the city parks system were well-represented. Toward the end of the evening Victor Corbin, a neighborhood activist from Fells Prospect, said he had already cut back his own lifestyle and asked why the "city is not doing more to save money." He suggested solar-powered parking meters and forcing businesses to pay for their trash pickup. "I'm tired of having my taxes raised time and time again," Corbin said. Ben Greenwald, president of the Baltimore Parking Association, said his organization, which is comprised of parking lot owners, opposes the proposed increase in the parking tax to 20 percent. The city increased its parking tax from 12 percent to 16 percent last year, he said. Throughout the evening, partisans of the University of Maryland's Extension 4-H youth development program asked that it not be cut. The city program mentors more than 700 youths in science, business development and other skills. "The teachers actually act like they care about what they're teaching you," said Justin Brown, a 15-year-old student in one of the programs. "I know you have to cut somewhere, but don't cut it all," another student pleaded. "You can cut some."