Jaw-dropper

December 26, 2008

There must be plenty of red faces in Baltimore's Finance Department this week over reports that the city mistakenly sent out $138,000 worth of paychecks to members of the city Board of Fire Commissioners who weren't supposed to get them. That may not seem like much compared with Baltimore's $2.1 billion operating budget, but the city stopped authorizing payments to fire board members in 1996. No one has called on board members to repay the funds. But it does make you wonder where else the city is spending tax dollars unnecessarily. With officials looking to trim expenses through layoffs and cuts in municipal services, even the smallest savings add up.

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