TAX SALE INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

Below is a resource guide on how to handle a property being placed into tax sale. The best course of action for anyone with questions about a bill or notice or how to follow up is to contact the office of origin, e.g. Finance Department /Bureau of Revenue Collections (Property Tax); Department of Public Works (Water bills); or Environmental Control Board (environmental citations). Attached below: 1) an information sheet that provides an overview of the process with key resources for people that might have some unpaid city bills to assist them with avoiding the tax sale process; and 2) a resource guide developed by ProBono Resource Center of Maryland with various sources of assistance to help people avoid tax sale and to help people if they enter tax sale.

 

 

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ONGOING UTILITY WORK IN MOUNT VERNON AND SETON HILL

2016 has been incredibly challenging for Mount Vernon and Seton Hill due to the high volume of utility work, several significant infrastructure failures, installation of cycle track infrastructure, nad ongoing development and construction. There needs to be better communication so the City does a better job of mitigating the impact of this work on residents and local businesses.

I sent the attached letter to DPW and will be following up with a meeting to discuss time frames, what is being done proactively to ensure additional infrastructures do not occur, and that new work is not started until ongoing work is completed. I will circle back after the meeting with an update. Thank you for your continued patience. Read more

PACE IN BALTIMORE CITY SIGNED INTO LAW

Today, with the full support of the Baltimore City Council, I am pleased to announce Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake signed Ordinance 16-092, legislation I authored establishing a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program in Baltimore. 30 states and the District of Columbia have already established PACE programs, and this legislation will make Baltimore City the 9th largest jurisdiction in the Nation, and largest in Maryland to authorize a PACE program for its citizens and businesses. Read more

NO CUTS TO CHARM CITY CIRCULATOR

I am thankful for Mayor Rawlings-Blake’s decision to ensure no cuts to the Circulator system for the current fiscal year. The Circulator has been a shining example of how public transportation should work with reliable, safe, and clean service. It has been wildly successful and has converted many car-reliant residents into regular Circulator riders.  I believe the Mayor recognizes the tremendous value of the system based on the feedback she has received from the community and sees the clear opportunity to improve its efficiency and operations through the current RFP process. Read more

NEW MARYLAND FLEET WEEK POST

Maryland Fleet Week 2016

There will be significant impacts to Locust Point and other parts of the 11th District (South Baltimore Peninsula, Downtown, Central West Baltimore, and Midtown) on Saturday, October 15 as a result of the following events: Read more

MARYLAND FLEET WEEK 2016 AND BALTIMORE RUNNING FESTIVAL

Maryland Fleet Week 2016

There will be significant impacts to Locust Point and other parts of the 11th District (South Baltimore Peninsula, Downtown, Central West Baltimore, and Midtown) on Saturday, October 15 as a result of the following events: Read more

2016 – 2017 YOUTH SNOW REMOVAL PROGRAM FOR SENIORS

The Department of Transportation would like to inform you that it is launching its Youth Snow Program again this year.  Through the program, DOT will pair Baltimore City residents who are either over the age of 65 or who are physically unable to shovel their snow due to a disability/medical issue with a student between the ages of 14 and 21 who will assist the resident with removing snow from the public right of ways adjacent to the resident’s property. Read more

“COMMUNITY SUPPORT PROGRAM” (AIR SURVEILLANCE PILOT BY BPD)

I was very surprised this week to learn about the “Community Support Program” (air surveillance program currently being piloted by BPD), reading about it on Bloomberg as virtually everyone else did. While the use of new technologies is essential in aiding BPD in the crime fight, seeking public input and protecting our privacy is of great concern to me. Read more

MIDTOWN – MOUNT ROYAL AVE STREETSCAPING

There was a DOT Public Meeting on the Midtown / Mount Royal Ave Streetscaping Plan — October 3, 2017. Several issues occurred during this meeting, which are outlined in my letter to DOT, attached below.

Below are files relevant to this project:

 

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PROPOSED CUTS TO THE CIRCULATOR

I am disheartened by the recommendation to cut service to the Charm City Circulator, especially the elimination of the Banner Route. The Circulator has been a shining example of how public transportation should work with reliable, safe, and clean service. It has been wildly successful and has converted many car-reliant residents into regular Circulator riders.  

While I firmly believe that eliminating these routes is short-sighted, I recognize the budget constraints and the lack of support in increasing the parking tax to fully fund the Circulator’s operations. Given that the system was to be funded on parking taxes and not on general funds, it is clear that either new funding source needs to be identified if parking tax rates cannot be increased. Read more