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Plan Seeks Hike in Projected Speed Camera Revenue

City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young's proposal would shift $17.1 million in the city's operating budget.

Increased funding for city youth programs and saving three neighborhood fire houses may depend on the number of motorists caught by city speed cameras, according to a plan proposed by City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young.

Young wants $17.1 million in modifications to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's proposed $2.8 billion operating budget, which are built, in part, on increasing the expected revenues from speed cameras.

The changes include doubling funding for youth summer jobs, restoring funding to fire companies and double funding for after school programs, according to a proposal released to the media.

Young’s proposal would offset the increased spending in other areas by eliminating funding for open positions, transferring $6.5 million from the city’s health insurance reserve and increasing projected revenue from speed cameras by $3.5 million to match fiscal year 2012 projections.

The City Council has the power to cut from the budget but does not have the power to allocate or increase funding. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake closes a predicted $48 million deficit.

Ian Brennan, a spokesman for the mayor, said she has been working with the majority of council members on their budget priorities for more than a month. 

"We’ll take a look at this proposal, which was just provided to us, we’ll review it and provide a more detailed response at that time," Brennan said.

Recommended Funding Increases: 

Recreation Centers: $2.8 million

Youth Works Summer Jobs: $1.6 million

After School Programs: $4.6 million

Experience Corps: $152,000

Healthcare Benefit Changes: up tp $5 million

Fire Companies: $3 million      

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slangwhang June 06, 2012 at 11:13 AM
MORE EXTORTION FROM OUR SOCIALISTIC MAYORESS! I RESENT POLITICIANS THAT THEIR ONLY ANSWER IS RAISE TAXES. Between you and OMALLEY You TAXOHOLICS will never have allow Baltimorians to have gains will you! YOU're DISPICABLE!
slangwhang June 06, 2012 at 11:14 AM
YOUNG? WHERE DO YOU LIVE! IT's NEVER BEEN DETERMINED IF YOU'RE EVEN A CITY RESIDENT!
slangwhang June 06, 2012 at 11:33 AM
"Young’s proposal would offset the increased spending in other areas by eliminating funding for open positions, transferring $6.5 million from the city’s health insurance reserve and increasing projected revenue from speed cameras by $3.5 million to match fiscal year 2012 projections." How do you think these deficits BEGIN! This kind of minipulation of taking from one fund and giving it to another! YOU DON'T HAVE THE MONEY! YOU'RE EXTORTING IT FROM ANOTHER FUND! ON IMCOME YOU MIGHT I REPEAT MIGHT GET! FRAUD! FRAUD AND MORE FRAUD!
slangwhang June 06, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Wait until OBAMA-CARE takes over. You can be pretty much guaranteed there will be no HEALTH INSURANCE RESERVE!

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