Key Projects in Baltimore FY 2019 Budget
by Erin Washington
In the fiscal year 2019 budget, the city of Baltimore is focused on continuing to better the city through focusing on 5 crucial areas : Education, public safety, quality of life, economic development, and accountability and transparency. These “five pillars” are the mayor’s primary initiatives and they are reflected in many of the projects that are planned for this upcoming year.
Baltimore struggles with crime and the city government is constantly trying to find ways to reduce the amount of crime that happens and aid public law enforcement in preventing it from happening. In their budget proposal there is $5,000,000 set aside to expand crime fighting technology such as installing more CitiWatch cameras, license plate readers and establishing more gunshot detection units. All of these investments are a part of the city’s Violence Reduction Plan. Beyond the planned technological advances, the budget also has funds set aside for public safety programs, such as Safe Streets and the ROCA anti-violence program, as well as for additional police officer positions that will be added.
Additionally, Baltimore prioritizes improving the quality of life for citizens by including a number of upgrades and repairs throughout the city. This involves an overall amount of $957,600,000 to be used for things such as demolishing blighted buildings, revitalizing commercial roads, constructing new facilities such as fitness/wellness centers, and making needed repairs to government buildings like city hall. Overall, the city has planned projects for each of the five pillars with “quality of life” receiving the most funding and “accountability and transparency” receiving the least amount. Baltimore is committed to making sure that the most pressing issues are covered within their budget so that the city will begin to see improvement in the long-term.
About the Author: Erin Washington is our summer 2018 Intern. She is a 2019 candidate for the Master of Public Administration in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia.