Edward L. Reisinger III

Baltimore Council approves $2,500 property tax credit for police, firefighters

Baltimore Council approves $2,500 property tax credit for police, firefighters

Baltimore police and firefighters who choose to live in the city will get a $2,500 a year property tax credit under legislation approved by the City Council Monday night.

The council voted 13-1 to pass the bill, which was backed by Mayor Catherine Pugh. It is part of a long-running effort to get more police officers, in particular, to live closer to the neighborhoods where they work in hopes of boosting police-community relations. Of nearly 3,000 Baltimore Police Department employees, fewer than 500 live in the city, according to the Finance Department. Of more than 1,400 Fire Department employees, fewer than 300 live in Baltimore.

Councilman John Bullock of West Baltimore...

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