Retirement plan was mayor's idea

June 04, 1996

YOUR MAY 30 editorial, ''City budget is a two-way street,'' was in my opinion misleading and unfactual. It credited the City Council with imagination and foresight by enacting an early retirement program for city employees. It also implied that Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke is not concerned about the city of Baltimore's long-term fiscal condition.

To set the record straight, it was Mayor Schmoke who proposed the plan to use retirement incentives to produce an orderly downsizing of government during the next five years. This was a way of addressing the long-term fiscal issues that the city faces.

The long-term financial well-being of the city has always been uppermost in the mayor's mind. To demonstrate this, in 1991 he published the city's first long-term Strategic Financial Plan. In 1995, the long-term plan was updated through the year 2000. These financial plans were reviewed with your editorial staff.

William R. Brown Jr.

Baltimore

The writer is director of finance for the city of Baltimore.

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