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City Council Rejects Audit Charter Amendment

The bill would have allowed voters to decide whether the city would audit agencies every other year.

Voters may not get the chance to decide how often city agencies are audited after all.

The City Council Monday voted down the amendment to the City Charter 8-7, but City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young sent the bill sent back to the Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committee.

"I’m almost too stunned to speak," Councilman Carl Stokes Stokes said before casting his vote and after enough of his colleagues voted against the bill.

Stokes is the sponsor of the bill, which would have required that every city agency undergo an audit every other year. Currently, agencies do not undergo regular audits.

Council members such as Bill Cole, Bob Curran and Nick Mosby voted against the bill, but voiced support for the concept of auditing city agencies.

"This is a difficult issue for me because I believe this city should be auditing every city agency as often as possible," Cole said.

Ultimately opponents argued that they were concerned about the cost of the audits, suggested that such an important issue shouldn’t be handed to the voters through a charter amendment and sought more time to consider the bill.

"There needs to be time for more discussion," Mosby said.

Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke argued for the audits and called it "the transparency issue of the season" in Baltimore.

"My district wants this bill on the ballot," Clarke said. "It’s time we found out where our money is."

How Your Council members voted:

  • Councilman Bill Henry, York Road Corridor, voted in favor of the audits.
  • Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector, Mt. Washington, North Roland Park and Poplar Hill voted against the audits.
  • Councilwoman Sharon Green Middleton, Roland Park, Cross Keys and Evergreen voted against the audits.
  • Councilman Nick Mosby, Hampden, Medfield and Hoes Heights voted against the audits. 
  • Councilman Carl Stokes, Charles Village and Remington, voted in favor of the audits.
  • Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, Hampden, Roland Park and Tuscany-Canterbury, voted in favor of the audits.

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Baltimore Matt June 26, 2012 at 07:45 PM
The Dictator Rawlings-Blake ruler of the Peoples Republic of Baltimore wants you to trust her with your money.
AnnKangarouse June 26, 2012 at 09:58 PM
I wouldn't trust her with my weave....
AnnKangarouse June 27, 2012 at 01:58 PM
It was startling to see SRB's comments on the news (45) last night. She basically said that it's not necessary to have the audits done on an annual basis and that the comptroller can do them 'as needed'. Otherwise, it would take too much time and cost too much money. Also, SRB really emphasized that this is the comptroller's job, to look into the spending and audit as needed. Well, uhm. Didn't the comptroller make an attempt to do this and SRB went off like a cannon and stated, "Ima be the adult here". and added that she's waiting for an apology from the comptroller. I have a feeling that they're going to try and throw the comptroller under the bus and out of her job b/c she's holding SRB and others accountable. (they don't like to be held accountable)
John July 17, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Shut up and pay your taxes. SRB has everything handled. What's gonna be the next tax she adds? Breathing!

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