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City assailed for shutting off water to residents, not businesses

City assailed for shutting off water to residents, not businesses

City Council members and residents accused top Baltimore officials Wednesday of unfairly targeting residents — and not businesses — as they attempt to collect more than $40 million in past-due water bills from 25,000 accounts. Outside City Hall, a small group of protesters chanted opposition to city policies. Protester Lee Patterson said the "last thing" the city should charge for is water. "We've got to stop these evil water shut-offs," he said. In April, the city announced it would use shut-offs to collect overdue water bills. But council members grew concerned after the first two months of enforcement targeted mostly residents and not businesses....

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