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Trash, storm water among Baltimore budget fixes

Wednesday - 2/20/2013, 1:31pm  ET

BALTIMORE - Trash fees and storm-water credits are among the solutions for Baltimore's budget problems.

City officials released a budget plan Wednesday to help deal with a projected $750 million deficit over the next decade.

The plan calls for a pay-as-you-throw pricing approach on trash to encourage recycling and cut the amount of trash residents produce. The report also calls for a vacant property demolition surge and development of a credit system for helping developers meet storm-water management obligations. Developers unable to cut storm-water runoff would be able to pay into a fund to maintain cleared, green lots in the city.

The plan also calls for cutting the number of full-time city employees by 10 percent and having remaining employees contribute up to 5 percent of their salary to cover pension costs.

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