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By Daniel Haggerty | Posted 4/19/2006

On the Council Agenda April 4

Bill 06-0384 Energy Tax—Exemption for Residential Users Would exempt residential users from paying the city’s annual 2 percent energy tax.

Public Interest Grade C Although eliminating the energy tax for residential users would be a nice start to helping struggling homeowners combat soaring utility bills, it would do little to protect those individuals from impending utility rate increases of up to 72 percent.

Resolution 06-0166R Baltimore City Police—Return to Uniform Encourages the police commissioner to return more city police officers to uniformed patrols in order to increase police presence throughout the city.

Public Interest Grade B Some council members expressed concern with the large number of police officers who are currently assigned to many of the close to 100 “specialty units” operating within the police department; the several hundred police officers who serve in them are exempted from regular patrol duties. Other members worried that available patrols are not evenly dispersed throughout the city. Uniformed police officers on patrol are the first line of defense for crime prevention and response. If unable to increase the overall number of police officers, the commissioner should be willing to re-evaluate current staffing procedures and policies within the department to determine if increased uniformed patrols are possible and whether they could more effectively prevent violent crime. Out of sight, out of mind (for the public and perpetrators alike).


Dominic M. Leone

City Council Quote of the Week

April 13 represented the 30th anniversary of the darkest day in Baltimore City Council’s history. On that date in 1976, 35-year-old local restaurateur Charles A. Hopkins went on a rampage in City Hall, shooting and killing Councilman Dominic M. Leone and wounding several others. As a result of the attack, Councilman J. Joseph Curran Sr. suffered a heart attack, which ultimately claimed his life 11 months later.

City Council Fact of the Week

“‘How can I help you, fella?’” —Slain Councilman Dominic M. Leone’s last words before being viciously gunned down by Hopkins, as recounted by Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke (D-14th District) prior to a moment of silence in honor of the 30th anniversary of the shootings.

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