9:45 AM EDT, June 28, 2012
Welcome to Baltimore to the 10,000 new residents MayorStephanie Rawlings-Blakewants to attract.
You get to enjoy a bottle tax that was recently increased from 2 cents to 5 cents, your kids can't go into stores that sell liquor to buy a soda or bag of chips, but they can encounter drug dealers standing outside, the bill for water just increased 9 percent, the schools are falling apart, but the tech department can afford new phones, and the city loses millions on a hotel.
For recreation you can watch fireworks at the harbor, on summertime holidays. The only requirement is you must wear a flax jacket for your protection. You could also watch a grand prix race, but don't expect the city to make any money because it never received its share of the revenue.
All this while the mayor and City Council sit back and let their developer buddies get property tax credits they don't deserve. And get this: The people hired to verify the tax credits still have a job after the city loses millions.
Finally, if you need transportation, the city is getting ready to build the Red Line, which will run along a stretch of Boston Street right in the middle of a flood plain.
So come one come all with your tax dollars the mayor will waste them and demand more.
J. Michael Collins, Reisterstown
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