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 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

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.  

Stephen Gewirtz June 20, 2012 at 01:19 PM
When kids have something positive to do, they do not get into trouble. Closing recreation centers is the perfect way to make our crime problem worse. So I definitely support the cuts in SRB's budget, and I hope that she will reallocate the money cut from her budget for recreation centers. According to SRB, we can afford a curfew center while we cut recreation centers. That is brilliant budgeting.
Bryce Butler June 20, 2012 at 01:25 PM
The Mayor's style of governance and the harm it causes Baltimore is reflected in her stance on audits. She dismisses any proposal that doesn't come directly from her. In this case she grudgingly yielded to public outrage. The Grand Prix is another example. The race is guaranteed to lose money this year, as we've been told such an event will certainly lose money the first two or three years. This is nonsensical undertaking in this time of the dire fiscal crisis the city confronts. Rather than abandon the project, the Mayor doubles down on the event, frantically behind the scenes searching for a legitimate organizer for it. She's rigid once she's put forth a policy, incapable of the kind of flexibility the times demand to benefit Baltimore. Bryce
AnnKangarouse June 22, 2012 at 01:41 PM
I'm still trying to understand what her real issue is with the comptroller. Isn't the comptroller doing her job??? This being the case, why and how can SRB expect an apology from Joan? (regarding the high-tech phones we bought) SRB even stated to local news reporters that she was surprised they (the reporters) were still talking about it. If anything, SRB should explain to all of us how she was able to slide this expenditure past the council w/o going through the proper procedures. This is just a drop in the bucket in terms of the outrageous spending of tax payer money that happens every single week at the BOE.


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