The Baltimore City Council will vote on the “audit bill” (Bill 12-053) tonight. Over the last few weeks I have received numerous emails encouraging me to support audits of the Baltimore budget. For me this is just common sense. If the council approves the less than perfect bill tonight then Baltimore will have taken the first step toward admitting it has embarrassing fiscal liabilities. I will interpret it as an admission of the following:
1. People are tired of all the straight up financial corruption in Baltimore’s government. They want to see what the heck is going on behind the curtain.
2. Those who have made a living off of Baltimore’s financial waste may get called out very soon! What a glorious day that will be.
3. Comptroller Joan Pratt is a do-nothing grand standing politician who needs to be removed from office. DO YOUR DARN JOB FOR ONCE! So much of the financial mischief has happened under her watch!
4. A small group of voters have stirred things up just enough to slightly rock the status quo boat.
Email your councilperson and tell them to vote for Bill 12-053.
A quote from an email I received:
“Baltimore is the 21st largest city in the U.S. and the only city to not
require per either city or state charter either time-specified audits on a calendar basis, an audits committee, or an annual audits plan.
I repeat, we are the only such city lacking such important audits legislation.”