Make Sure Your Voice is Heard! No Cuts to BCFD!

Baltimore City residents, business owners, and property owners — contact Mayor Rawlings-Blake and let her know how you feel about cuts to our fire department! 410-396-3835 or [email protected] — do it TODAY! Also, contact your City Council representative, and make sure they’re voting in favor of City Council President Jack Young’s amended budget — CCP […]

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The City Giveth, and The City Taketh Away

Today is the grand re-opening of the Walbrook fire station, one of three fire stations that had been part of a rotating closure plan, implemented by the city in order to save money. What they haven’t bothered to tell residents, however, is the fact that they’re reopening the fire station, but they’re removing Engine Company […]

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Councilwoman Helen Holton Pleads “No Contest”

Councilwoman Helen Holton plead no contest to the charge of accepting money from two Baltimore developers, in violation of campaign finance law.  Holton accepted money from Ronald Lipscomb and John Paterakis to pay for a campaign poll.  In exchange for her plea, she will keep her City Council seat and pay a $2500 fine.  She […]

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Bill 10-0516 Non-Owner-Occupied Dwellings and Vacant Structures Bill Passes City Council

As we posted earlier, City Council President Jack Young introduced the Non-Owner-Occupied Dwellings and Vacant Structures Bill to the City Council, and it officially passed on the 14th.  Many thanks to Council President Young for this measure, and thanks also to sponsors Robert W. Curran, William H. Cole, IV, Sharon Green Middleton, Bill Henry, James […]

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A Victory for the Citizens of Baltimore

Yes, it’s a small one, but it’s definitely an important step towards the goal of ridding our city of blighted vacant homes. City Council President Jack Young introduced an ordinance (10-0516) that would require the owners of vacant structures (including commercial buildings, multi-unit dwellings, and rooming houses) to register the properties with the City, and […]

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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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Split-Level Property Tax Rate Resolution

Higher property taxes for Baltimore City’s slumlords: This proposal takes a step forward tonight as Councilman Kraft proposes a resolution to ask the State to allow for split-level taxation. The bill is being read at 5PM tonight. If you’d like to show your support for the resolution, please come tonight’s City Council meeting. Kraft has […]

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