Baltimore's proposed 2021 budget increases funding for the police department. Tell the City Council and Mayor where you think those funds should go instead.
This week, the City Council's Budget and Appropriations Committee has been holding hearings on each city department's budget, and the Council will vote on the budget as a whole on Monday. The budget proposes cuts to the fire, transportation, and planning departments; but meanwhile, the Baltimore Police Department's proposed operating budget for next year is $550 million - an increase of $13 million over the 2020 budget. This increased Baltimore City Police Department budget is more than the Transportation, Health, Housing, Recreation and Parks, Planning, Equity and Civil Rights, and Environmental Control Board budgets combined.
The City Council is accepting public comments via email about the budget until Friday 6/12 at 4PM. Send the City Council and Mayor a message about where you'd like to see the city investing your money.
Personalized messages make the most impact! If you can, take a moment to write about why this issue is important to you, and where specifically you'd like to see the city invest more money. Read more about the budget process here.