You Tell Us: Who Do You Believe?
Patch gives our readers the chance to share their opinions on the controversial issues in Baltimore.
Baltimore’s top elected officials are ready to go to the mat over 2 percent of a $2.8 billion operating budget.
In one corner, you have Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who insists her $2.8 billion operating budget addresses the city’s most pressing concerns, while closing a $48 million budget deficit.
City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young, and his allies on the City Council, have given preliminary approval to $6.1 million in cuts to the budget.
Numbers don’t always make for the most fascinating of stories, but if you take what both sides are saying at face value, the decision could have a huge effect on the city.
Rawlings-Blake’s administration has called the cuts irresponsible, and claim they will reduce police patrolling neighborhoods, trash pick-up and programs benefitting small businesses.
But Young, and his supporters, counter the cuts won’t hurt police staffing, but provide the mayor room to prevent closing recreation centers and three firehouses.
Who do you believe and why? Tell us in comments.