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More and More Budget Hearings are Scheduled

The city council introduced the Mayor’s Ordinance of Estimates on April 29, and this year’s budget process will be even more endlessly meeting-packed than previous ones.

“We’re trying to do something different this year,” Councilwoman Helen Holton (D-8th District) said at the meeting. This year, instead of hearing public comments only before the city agencies get a chance to analyze and comment on the city’s $3.5 billion budget proposal, the council will hear from the public both before and after the city’s agencies have their say.

The first “Taxpayer’s Night” was April 9; the next is May 9, at 5 p.m. in the council chambers and the “follow-up” will be June 13 at 5 p.m. in the council chambers. Between the May and June hearings, there will be the normal pile of hearings in which city department heads testify to the council about their doings. Those are open to the public as well, though you won’t be allowed your two-minute say at those.

Those hearings (all in the council chambers, 4th floor, City Hall) are as follows: May 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Finance, Family League, Recreation and Parks; May 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Housing, BDC, Real Estate, General Services, Public Works; May 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Planning, Transportation, Human Resources, Labor Commission, Employee Pension; May 31, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.: Health, Aging, Mayor’s Office of Human Services, Visit Baltimore, Convention Center; June 5, 4-8 p.m.: Fire, Police, Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice; June 6, 2-4 p.m.: school system, followed at 4-6 p.m. by recalled agencies for follow-up testimony; June 7, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.: recalled agencies; June 12, 4-8 p.m.: recalled agencies.

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