9-2-11: Baltimore Elections 2011–Property Taxes
Property taxes is one of the issues at the forefront of the mayoral debate. We asked all the mayoral candidates: What are your views on property taxes in Baltimore? Only Otis Rolley replied; you can read his response below.
This morning we hear from Julie Scharper of the Baltimore Sun who is covering the mayoral elections. Then we hear from Jennifer Vey of the Brookings institution and Stephen J.K. Walters of Loyola University of Maryland about why property taxes are such a hot issue and what Baltimore should do about its tax rate.
My top priority will be reversing our decades long population loss. This continued flight is preventable: we know that people want to live here, but do not feel they can – either because of the crime, underperforming schools or highest-in-the-state property taxes. That’s why I am proud to be the only candidate for Mayor to have proposed a real plan to cut property taxes for every homeowner — and 50% for most — without raising other taxes.
As Mayor, I will move to reduce the cost of living in the city by cutting property taxes by as much as 50% for homeowners and target negligent and absentee landlords who cause the blight in our neighborhoods.
The Mayor is fond of saying we “can’t” cut property taxes, but that is only true if we continue to do things the same way we have been — with little oversight and no accountability. I will reduce property taxes and improve government services not because I can, but because we must if we want to halt Baltimore’s population loss.