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File #: 21-0007R    Version: 0 Name: Investigative Hearing - Water Billing System
Type: City Council Resolution Status: In Committee
File created: 1/11/2021 In control: Rules and Legislative Oversight
On agenda: Final action:
Enactment #:
Title: Investigative Hearing - Water Billing System For the purpose of inviting the Acting Director of the Department of Public Works and the Director of the Department of Finance to address the crippling problems with and describe solutions for the water billing system described in the recent report jointly published by the Baltimore City and Baltimore County Inspectors General.
Sponsors: Mark Conway, Odette Ramos, Kristerfer Burnett, President Nicholas J. Mosby, Danielle N. McCray, Sharon Green Middleton, John T. Bullock, James Torrence, Zeke Cohen, Antonio Glover, Phylicia Porter, Robert Stokes, Sr.
Indexes: Investigative Hearing, Water Bills
Attachments: 1. 21-0007R~1st Reader, 2. Law 21-0007R, 3. Treva Shields testimony - 21-0007R, 4. Lindsay Jones testimony - 21-0007R, 5. Finance 21-0007R, 6. DPW 21-0007R, 7. 21-0007R Statement Atlantic Realty Group, 8. Coleman, Anthony - 21-0007R, 9. EMAILS RECEIVED FOR CITY COUNCIL BILL 21-0007R, 10. Gonzalez, Rachel - 21-0007R, 11. PBRC - 21-0007R, 12. Testimony Registration - 03.25.21, 13. Wiggins, Stephanie - 21-0007R, 14. Rosencheck - 21-007R Testimony, 15. Public Testimony Registration - 21-007R, 16. Hughes - 21-007R Testimony, 17. Fleming - 21-007R Testimony
* 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: Councilmembers Conway, Ramos, Burnett, and President Mosby


A Resolution Entitled

A Council Resolution concerning
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Investigative Hearing - Water Billing System
For the purpose of inviting the Acting Director of the Department of Public Works and the Director of the Department of Finance to address the crippling problems with and describe solutions for the water billing system described in the recent report jointly published by the Baltimore City and Baltimore County Inspectors General.
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Whereas, An investigation by the Office of the Inspector General of Baltimore City and Office of the Inspector General of Baltimore County found a multitude of problems with the Baltimore City water billing system;

Whereas, The report by the Inspectors General, published on December 8, 2020, found that over 22,000 digital water meters installed beginning in 2014 in the City and County are dysfunctional;

Whereas, The report also found that the Department of Public Works failed to respond to thousands of complaints regarding water billing problems and that problems with the water billing system persist, despite the City having spent $133 million in the last decade to make the system functional;

Whereas, City Council members and all City residents are deeply frustrated by the water billing system problems; and

Whereas, The City Council must learn why water billing problems as described in the report persist and ho...

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