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The Baltimore City Council has advanced a bill that would change the city charter to give the council more authority over the city’s budget.

The bill, sponsored by Democratic Councilman Bill Henry and all but one of his council colleagues, would place a question on an upcoming ballot asking voters if the council should have the ability to move money in the city’s budget.

Currently, Baltimore’s charter allows the City Council to cut the city budget proposal, but the body has no authority to then reallocate funding to other items. Only the mayor has that power.

The council voted 12-3 Monday in favor of advancing the proposed amendment. Council members must take one more vote on the proposal for it to head to Democratic Mayor Bernard C. he Baltimore City Council has advanced a bill that would change the city charter to give the council more authority over the city’s budget.

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