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Rawlings-Blake proposes 2013 budget

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says her proposed budget closes a $48 million deficit while cutting homeowners’ property taxes.

The preliminary budget for fiscal 2013 is set to be presented to the Board of Estimates on Wednesday morning.

The $2.3 billion operating budget would cut spending slightly from last year, but the proposed budget boosts capital spending 89 percent to $766 million.

The proposal builds on the mayor’s goal of drawing 10,000 families to the city over the next decade and focuses spending on cutting crime, education, economic growth and services for neighborhoods.

The proposal eliminates funding for 231 positions, but officials say few layoffs are expected. City workers would not get a cost of living increase, but they also wouldn’t be furloughed as they were in the past four years.