The Baltimore City Council approved Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s $2.4 billion operating budget Monday.
The budget, which closes a $30 million shortfall and cuts property taxes, increases city funding for school construction in order to help finance a $1.1 billion effort to build 15 new schools and renovate 30 buildings.
The budget will also provide a boost towards the demolition of vacant houses, repair roads and provide funds to hire new police officers.
Last year’s cantankerous General Assembly has been replaced this session by a cooperative, almost well-oiled legislative machine with top Democratic priorities on target for success. The same trio of leaders who last year couldn’t even complete their fundamental job of passing a budget on time, appear likely to reap a rich bounty of political goals.