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File #: 21-0024R    Version: 0 Name: Informational Hearing - Baltimore City Tax Sale
Type: City Council Resolution Status: In Committee
File created: 2/22/2021 In control: Ways and Means
On agenda: Final action:
Enactment #:
Title: Informational Hearing - Baltimore City Tax Sale For the purpose of inviting the Baltimore City Department of Finance, the Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development, the Comptroller, Baltimore City Information Technology, the Law Department, the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service and other relevant parties to provide information and complete details and timeline, and amounts of liens owed, disaggregated where appropriate by demographics, ages, owner-occupied versus non-owner-occupied, and number of residents who have owned their property for more than 25 years in tax sale this year; in addition, discussing the City’s powers related to the state, programs already in place to assist homeowners in tax sale, possible reforms, an update on implementation of the In Rem process for vacant and abandoned properties, and any other relevant information of interest to the Baltimore City Council.
Sponsors: Odette Ramos, Danielle N. McCray, Phylicia Porter, John T. Bullock, Sharon Green Middleton
Indexes: Baltimore City, Informational Hearing, Tax Sales
Attachments: 1. 21-0024R~1st Reader
* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
Introductory*

City of Baltimore
Council Bill R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmember Ramos

A Resolution Entitled

A Council Resolution concerning
title
Informational Hearing - Baltimore City Tax Sale
For the purpose of inviting the Baltimore City Department of Finance, the Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development, the Comptroller, Baltimore City Information Technology, the Law Department, the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service and other relevant parties to provide information and complete details and timeline, and amounts of liens owed, disaggregated where appropriate by demographics, ages, owner-occupied versus non-owner-occupied, and number of residents who have owned their property for more than 25 years in tax sale this year; in addition, discussing the City’s powers related to the state, programs already in place to assist homeowners in tax sale, possible reforms, an update on implementation of the In Rem process for vacant and abandoned properties, and any other relevant information of interest to the Baltimore City Council.
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Whereas, Tax sale is the process by which Baltimore and the State of Maryland collect delinquent property taxes, environmental citations, liens and water bills;

Whereas, in Baltimore, owner-occupied homes with delinquent water bills are not considered tax sale liens for owner occupied homes;

Whereas, the 2017 General Assembly Tax Sale Task Force recommended several reforms, most of which Baltimore City and the General Assembly have implemented;

Whereas, Md. Code Ann., Tax-Property § 14...

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