The South Baltimore Parking Study, commissioned with Casino Impact Aid, covering the neighborhoods of Federal Hill, Federal Hill South, Otterbein, Riverside, Sharp Leadenhall, and South Baltimore is now available online here: South Baltimore Parking Study – Nov 13, 2017
TESTIMONY TO THE COMMISSION ON INNOVATION & EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017
Mr. Chairman and Members of the Commission on Innovation & Excellence in Education,
My name is Eric Costello and I am the Councilman for Baltimore City’s 11th District, which includes the Central Business District, Downtown’s Westside, Central West Baltimore, Midtown, and the South Baltimore Peninsula. I also Chair the City Council’s Budget & Appropriations Committee.
Council to introduce legislation to help boost number of public safety officers living in Baltimore City
Legislation, co-sponsored by Councilman Costello and President Young, would offer housing tax credits to safety officials who reside in Baltimore
BALTIMORE, MD – President Bernard C. “Jack” Young and Chairman Eric T. Costello will introduce legislation at tonight’s City Council meeting that would establish a tax credit program that would provide public safety officers who reside in Baltimore with an annual reduction on their property tax bills. Read more
In light of yesterday’s tragic events, I have sent a letter to the City Solicitor requesting his opinion on the legal requirements that must be addressed in order to remove, relocate, or reinterpret existing confederate monuments as well as the Roger B. Taney Monument. You may view the entire letter here: 2017.08.13 – Legal Clarification on Confederate Monuments
INFORMATION ON CITY COUNCIL ORDINANCE 17-0111 – Weapons – Prohibiting Handguns Near Places of Public Assembly. I have given this issue a great deal of thought after extensive research and discussions and have put together the information below that includes: 1) legal background on this issue; 2) details on the proposed ordinance; 3) why I believe the ordinance is necessary; 4) common misconceptions about mandatory minimum sentencing; 5) my position on the ordinance; and 6) next steps in the legislative process. A copy of the amended bill is available here. Read more
After 49 1/2 hours of Committee hearings and dozens of hours of negotiations, Council President Jack Young and Councilman Eric Costello, Chair of the Budget and Appropriations Committee, publicly announced an agreement with Mayor Pugh’s Administration on the FY2018 budget. This budget articulates both of the City Council’s and the Mayor’s shared priorities for additional funding for education and programming for our youth. More information on the agreement is outlined in the letter below from Council President Young and Councilman Costello to the Mayor on June 8, 2017:
The following Fiscal Year 2018 budget publications are now available online:
The City Council’s Budget & Appropriations Committee schedule for hearing the FY2018 budget is appended below and available for download here: Final Budget Schedule
The Sun hit the nail on the head in its editorial last month bemoaning the effect on the city of Gov. Larry Hogan‘s decision to cancel Maryland’s contracts for the renovation of the State Center office complex on Baltimore’s West Side. We share The Sun’s view, and add our voices to the chorus by expanding on 1) the history of State Center’s community impact and engagement; 2) our grave concerns for job loss; and 3) the arena red herring. We close with requests of the governor, in the belief that concerns must be paired with solutions. Read more
The first meeting of the Biennial Audits Oversight Commission (BAOC) will be Wednesday, Feb 15, 5pm, at City Hall, in Council Chambers on the 4th Floor.
More information on the 1st meeting is available below:
- BAOC – Draft Agenda – outlines the agenda for meeting and the four votes that will take place;
- BAOC – Charter Amendment – a printout of Article 5 Section 11 of the Baltimore City Charter (amended in Nov 2016, established the BAOC);
- BAOC – Briefing Package – a summary of all findings and recommendations from the quadrennial audits for Group A; and
- Department of Finance’s Audits website – includes links to the audit products summarized in the aforementioned Briefing Package.
The BAOC is compromised of the following seven individuals: Councilman Eric T. Costello (Chair); Councilman Bill Henry; Acting Inspector General Stephen J. Lesniewski, Jr.; Councilman Leon Pinkett; Comptroller Joan Pratt; Finance Director Henry Raymond; and Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young. Among other things, the BAOC is tasked with providing guidance and advice to the City Auditor in determining the scope of agency performance audits.