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Although the Biennial Audits Oversight Commission's work is needed, having Baltimore City Council members on the board damages its creditability ("Baltimore launches new audits commission," Feb. 16).

The purpose of an audit is to evaluate cost-effectiveness and efficiency in order to improve the process. The Baltimore City Council has 14 part-time officeholders with the City Council vice president earning $73,000 and the other 13 members earning $66,000 annually to govern a city population of around 600,000. Baltimore County has seven part-time officeholders with the council chairman earning $70,000 and the others earning $62,500 annually to govern a county population around 830,000.

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With Baltimore City having a smaller population, but having twice as many officeholders as the county, the City Council should look in the minor before any of its members start pointing fingers at others.

David Placher, Baltimore

David Placher, Baltimore

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