Where Do the Candidates Stand on Housing?

Reposted from Housing Policy Watch: Candidates were asked for their plan to address vacants and other housing issues in the city, with the idea of publishing their responses so residents could better understand where each candidate stands on this issue. Each candidate was given the same four questions, along with the same amount of time […]

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Renters: Please Take the Survey!

If you’re a renter, and you live in Baltimore City, please take a moment to fill take the city-wide rental survey.  While not entirely scientific, I’m trying to get a snapshot of rental conditions, rent rates, and resident concerns. Your responses are anonymous, unless you choose to leave your contact information in the comments box. […]

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Link Roundup

Maryland Court of Appeals votes 5-2 to overturn the most controversial part of Maryland’s antiquated ground rent law, according to the Baltimore Sun.  Hopefully this loophole won’t result in people losing their homes again, as reported a few years ago in the Sun. Here’s an older post about Baltimore’s ground rent controversy, with links to […]

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A Letter to Mayoral Candidates

Dear Candidates, We’ve been hearing a lot from you lately about your “plans” to lower Baltimore City’s property taxes.  But what we haven’t heard is how you plan to make up the lost revenue.  The city has no money (at least that’s what the residents are told) — so if you’re going to cut one […]

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Link Roundup

Milton Tillman and his son have struck a plea deal with the feds, according to the Maryland Daily Record.  Tillman Jr. is throwing himself on the sacrificial altar so his son can plead to a simple misdemeanor and serve no jail time.  You can also read more about the Tillmans here, and in the Baltimore […]

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City Amends Lawsuit Against Wells Fargo

Baltimore City has amended its lawsuit against Wells Fargo, citing property tax loss and a drain on city services like police and fire.  The suit was originally dismissed in January by Judge J. Frederick Motz, who cited the City’s criminal culture and lack of accountability as part of the vacant housing problem. Yesterday’s Maryland Daily […]

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MDE Issues Enforcement Actions Against 10 in Baltimore City

The Maryland Department of the Environment issued enforcement actions against 9 property owners in Baltimore City for lead paint violations.  A total of 47 properties were out of compliance and a total of $270,250 in fines were assessed. Tonya D. Horton – 2 affected properties, $45,000 for alleged violations. Israel Cason – 13 affected properties, […]

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City To Sell Local FOP Lodge Over Tax Dispute

According to WBAL Channel 11, Baltimore City is trying to sell several properties that have overdue tax bills, including a local Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 building.  According to the report, the FOP building is the subject of a water bill dispute, and FOP members are shocked at this action by Baltimore City. In […]

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Maryland Morning: Land Bank Canned, Senator Della on HB1096/SB889

You can listen to Senator Della talk about the split-rate property tax bill on today’s Maryland Morning.  We’re thrilled to have his support, and hope Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake follows Senator Della’s and the City Council’s leadership on this issue.  Baltimore City residents, you deserve better! Listen to Senator Della’s piece here (scroll down to Senate […]

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Mayor Rawlings-Blake Opposes HB1096/SB889, Despite City Council Approval

We recently received a copy of a memo (link opens a PDF) sent to the Maryland House Ways and Means Committee from Diane Hutchins, Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations for Baltimore City.  In the memo, she asks the Committee to oppose HB1096/SB889, the split-rate property tax for vacant and uninhabitable structures.  If you […]

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