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Challenge water rates and 'rain tax'

9:45 AM EDT, May 28, 2013

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I want to both honor and condemn The Sun for its coverage of an issue that the average city citizen feels both perplexed and confused about. It's difficult for people to understand how they can be taxed with a Stormwater Utility Fee buried among 20 ballot questions in last year's election and then turn around and be hit with a proposed "rain tax" and a subsequent 15 percent increase proposed by the city's Department of Public Works ("Baltimore water bills could rise," May 20).

The detailed information provided by this publication was more than any elected official has done in educating the city's constituency on this issue, which is the sad reality of Baltimore politics. However, for the author of this article to not even mention a proposed lawsuit against the city for this very issue, by former city solicitor Neal Janey and Baltimore Circuit Court Clerk Frank Conaway Sr., when it was this publication that first educated the readers on the suit in October 2012, is a travesty in and of itself.

The people of Baltimore deserve to know when certain local leaders are willing to stand up for their rights against the oppressive system of big government, filled with bloated bureaucracy and numerous tax increases. We need to begin to hold these officials accountable by calling out their dirty tricks when they occur, like how the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore owed tens of thousands of dollars in an overdue water bill, yet were subsidized by the taxpayers money through another one of last year's ballot questions — Question G (a $200,000 bond bill).

Hassan Giordano, Baltimore