Rioting in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody cost an estimated $20 million in damages in April, the Baltimore Business Journal reported.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has proposed pulling money from the city's rainy day fund to pay for the extensive property damage as well as workers' compensation claims that have been filed by 169 city employees including police officers, the Baltimore Sun reported. More than 100 police officers were injured during the chaos, the police department reported.
Bob Cenname, Baltimore's deputy budget director, said the city is estimating a cost of $1.7 million to pay for the injuries, according to the Baltimore Sun.
The Small Business Administration estimated that the chaos created $9 million in damages to Baltimore businesses. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan already spent $20 million from the state's rainy day fund to finance state actions during the emergency, the Business Journal reported.
If the city uses the rainy day money, the $20 million would not repay the aid given by the state or federal government, though it would be used to help pay back other states and cities and counties in Maryland that offered aid, according to the Business Journal.
The federal government could issue a disaster declaration through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which could award Baltimore "up to 75 percent of what the federal government deems to be qualified costs," according to the Business Journal.
City Finance Director Henry Raymond said that though the $20 million should not be viewed as the final cost of the city, "the city will survive."
"Hopefully with the FEMA reimbursement, it will reduce the financial stress that we're under," he said. "But in terms of the city's overall revenue structure, we're on firm footing, and we'll move forward."
Violence in Baltimore has not been easing. There were 43 homicides in May, a record. And June doesn't look much better. Police said five people were shot on Sunday alone and one woman was found dead in a burning home.
Police Commissioner Anthony Batts asked for increased federal aid to assist his 3,000 officers, the International Business Times reported.