Layoffs, furloughs proposed in Annapolis budget

Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides proposed a budget Monday night that lays off 13 employees, keeps 20 positions vacant and requires worker furloughs.

Pantelides proposed his budget before a full house at Annapolis City Hall during Monday's regular city council meeting.

Pantelides' proposal includes a $96.6 million operating budget and a $15.8 million capital budget. The mayor said his budget does not raise taxes.

This is the first budget proposed by Pantelides, a Republican who beat incumbent Democrat Josh Cohen by 59 votes in November.

Pantelides said if he kept spending on track from last year, the budget would have grown by more than 8 percent. He said he worked with department heads to make sure his proposal is "reasonable and resourceful."

He did not immediately offer details on the layoffs.

The mayor's budget proposal includes switching city employees to Google for Government email and software, as well as reviving a language bank that pairs multi-lingual volunteers with non-English speakers in need of help with government services.

He also plans to fund work to finish replacing the bulkhead at City Dock, repair the unsafe firing range at the police department and repair a deteriorating public works building.

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