Mayor Says No To Property Tax Increase ~ Annapolis Capital Punishment

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Mayor Says No To Property Tax Increase

(Most of this is from a city news release) The revised budget proposal to be unveiled Thursday at a council work session will balance the City budget without raising the property tax rate, or so says Mayor Josh Cohen. Of course a majority of the nine member council, which includes the mayor, will need to approve it. The mayor will present his budget amendment Thursday, June 3, at the work session of the City Council. The package proposes millions of dollars in additional cuts and other changes to offset further declining revenues. The mayor’s proposal will maintain a required 10 percent reserve across all funds and lays out a clear course of action to replenish the cash reserves in the coming years.

“The public has spoken loud and clear about how we should tackle this budget crisis,” Mayor Cohen said. “We understand the government should not bail itself out to get through this crisis.”

The work session will start at 1:15 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. The event will be aired live on City TV (Verizon Channel 34 and Comcast Channel 99/100).

As a reminder, the public is invited to formally comment on the budget at a special meeting of the City Council on Monday, June 7. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m., and the council is expected to pass the budget that

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1 Comment:

Janet Norman said...

So what part of this proposed budget is totally open and transparent? Two budget meetings on Thurs and Friday, then the council is expected to vote on it on Monday night... Why is there a pretense of public input at the Monday June 7 mtg if the council's already made up their minds which way they will vote? Perhaps the public could have had a week to see the final budget proposal and discuss it in the paper and other venues, and with their Alderman/woman? I've gotten zero info on the $600K requests from charitable orgs wanting funds, other than the paper saying 3 wks ago Cohen would fund at $205 K (to whom, for what, what deliverables are they accountable for?) This is not the transparency we need in all things budget....

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