Council Rejects Young's Plan To Alter Mayor's Budget
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A Baltimore City Council committee rejected on Thursday a plan to increase funding for after-school programs and to avoid closing recreation centers and firehouses as part of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's proposed $2.8 billion operating budget.
The council's Committee of the Whole voted 9-5 to reject amendments pushed by Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young as a way to cut $6.1 million from the budget, savings that he said could then be used to prevent several recreation centers and three fire stations from closing and to fully fund after-school programs.
The council members then voted by the same margin to approve the mayor's budget without amendments. The budget is scheduled to receive final council approval on Monday.
There is still a chance for the amendments to be added back to the budget, but that doesn't appear likely to happen. Even Young, the chief supporter and architect of most of the amendments, didn't like the chances of the amendments being added.
"With this council? Almost nil to none," Young said.