Via: The Baltimore Sun Wednesday the city laid off or forced to retire 100 workers. Originally the cut was to include 122 positions but as an effort to save some jobs by moving employees into different positions, a smaller number was let go. The layoffs came on the last day of the fiscal year in […]

Via: Baltimore Sun After debating for months over the city budget, cuts have been made minus large layoffs or deep service cuts. But analysts warn that such charges are a warning of tougher impact on income taxes. The budget is not perfect. $50 million will come from the rainy day fund – the first time […]

Via: Baltimore Sun The Baltimore City Council voted in approval of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s budget at a committee hearing Tuesday, despite a push from some members to further cut funding to several agencies. The council plans to pass a final version of the budget Monday. The spending plan, which cuts $121 million from the city’s […]

Via: WJZ-TV Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and city council members are under much pressure to revise the proposed police and firefighter pension cuts before their June 3o deadline. The latest proposal, cuts overall benefits and increases the years of service required to retire. The council is also looking into changing the cost of living raises and […]

Via: The Baltimore Sun Baltimore City Council members will unveil a new proposal tonight to solve the police and fire pension systems. If they fail to make major revisions within the next four weeks to their original plan of cutting pensions drastically, the city will be forced to pay $65 million on top of the […]

Via: Baltimore Sun Baltimore fire officials have released the locations of the three fire houses expected to close for good if funs are not found elsewhere to balance the budget. Those locations are: Engine 36, along Edmondson Avenue in the Midtown-Edmondson neighborhood; Engine 52 near Mondawmin Mall and Druid Hill Park in Parkview/Woodbrook; and Truck […]

Via: Baltimore Sun Parking rates in some of the city’s most popular neighborhoods are set to double as part of an effort to close Baltimore’s $121 million budget gap. The neighborhoods to be affected by the hike include Mount Vernon, Harbor East, Federal Hill, Fells Point and downtown as soon as the changes can be […]

Via: Baltimore Sun Expected city budget cuts are making residents nervous. Another service in danger of being eliminated is bulk trash pickup. City residents say they cannot afford to incur the extra cost of hiring someone to pickup large furniture and appliances. Bulk trash pickup is very convenient for residents. Check out the entire story […]

Via: Baltimore Sun Baltimore City Budget Director Andrew Kleine and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake want to ensure that residents are clear about the proposed beverage container surcharge. The four-cent tax will be charged to distributors and residents are given a choice to avoid the tax. They urged that the tax would exclude fruit juice, milk, dairy […]

Via: Baltimore Sun Baltimore City Council members said Wednesday that they have come up with an alternative to the four-cnet tax on bottled beverages. The idea was originally proposed to lessen the city’s budget gap and was never received positively. The Council members intend to swap taxes on billboards, oversized trucks and video poker machines […]