Unlimited Access. Try it Today! Your First 10 Days Always $0.99

Topics

Clear Channel Communications Inc.
Clear Channel sues Baltimore, calls new billboard tax 'unconstitutional'
Clear Channel sues Baltimore, calls new billboard tax 'unconstitutional'

Arguing that billboards should be protected as free speech by the First Amendment, media firm Clear Channel Outdoor has filed a federal lawsuit against Baltimore and its new billboard tax. Baltimore began imposing a tax last month on billboard advertisements within the city limits — $15 per square foot for billboards that electronically change images, and $5 per square foot for those that don't. City officials expect to take in about $1 million annually from Clear Channel, which has a near-monopoly on Baltimore's advertising market. The levy is part of a package of measures designed to close the city's long-term $750 million budget shortfall. Clear Channel, which...

Loading