Baltimore City Councilman Yitzy Schleifer Challenges Proposed ExecutiveSalary Hikes in Baltimore's Public Works Budget

By FOX45
Posted on 06/01/23

Baltimore, MD - June 1, 2023 -   Baltimore's Public Works Director, Jason Mitchell, defended his proposal to substantially increase executive salaries within his agency at a council meeting, according to FOX45. The proposed budget for the fiscal year 2024, $35 million more than the current year's, would raise the pay of the top 50 employees to over $100,000 annually. Mitchell justified this hike stating that the current salaries were not competitive with those in neighboring counties, leading to a significant number of vacancies.

Councilman Yitzy Schleifer opposed the proposal, highlighting the disparity between the high salaries of office personnel and the lower wages of other employees. The discussion also touched on the department's delay in resuming weekly recycling pick-up, suspended for three years, with Mitchell assuring it would resume early next year.