Into The Community

November 7, 2013

One thousand residents of Northwest Baltimore came to Cross Country Elementary School to provide their input on how to spend a projected $750,000 in slots revenue in Fiscal Year 2015  (“Take Note: NW Baltimore makes voice heard at community planning forum,” Oct. 25).

State law requires that a certain percentage of the proceeds from slots machines be spent for economic and community development in the neighborhoods surrounding Pimlico Race Course.

Senator Lisa Gladden, Delegates Jill Carter and Nathaniel Oaks and I were instrumental in drafting and enacting the provision in the gambling law that mandates such funding through Fiscal Year 2032.

The presidents of five neighborhoods — Cheswolde, Cross Country, Fallstaff, Glen and Mount Washington — have proposed how the $1.5 million for FY 2013 and 2014 should be spent.

Parking for patrons of the Reisterstown Road Enoch Pratt Library branch, improvements to Luckman and Northwest parks and construction of the Hatzalah Community Center are some of the uses to which this money will be put.
It is now the responsibility of the Baltimore City government to get these funds into the community so that we can all benefit from this process.

Delegate Sandy Rosenberg
Baltimore

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