The Baltimore City Council voted Thursday to approve Mayor Brandon Scott's $4 billion budget.

Mayor Brandon Scott said the budget included $3.32 billion for operating expenses and $792.6 million for capital investment.

Although the council has limited authority over the budget, this year's hearings were particularly detailed and contentious. The council members put particular emphasis on the city's public safety agencies as violent crime continued to surge in the city. Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement Director Shantay Jackson and Sheriff John W. Anderson all sat for hours of questioning.

In a rare move, the council -- unsatisfied with the answers from Sheriff John W. Anderson -- actually cut $500,000 from the Sheriff's Department. The progressive members of the council who supported the cut criticized how Anderson's office conducts evictions. Councilmember Odette Ramos, who represents North Baltimore, wanted the cut $500,000 to go toward a program that would provide free legal representation to low-income renters.... Read More: FOX45