| Feb 27, 2012
| 6:07 PM
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake launched her campaign to repair Baltimore's long-neglected schools Monday, introducing a bill to more than double the city's bottle tax as part of a plan to borrow hundreds of millions of dollars to fix dilapidated...
| May 18, 2012
| 5:57 PM
Three members of a key City Council committee say they oppose Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's proposal to more than double the city's bottle tax — enough to kill the bill.
That has angered supporters of the bill, who accuse Councilman Carl Stokes,...
| Dec 17, 2011
| 6:22 PM
Along with some of his neighbors, the chairman of the Baltimore City Council's taxation committee is getting a remarkable tax break on his home: He pays just 16 percent of the bill. The Homestead Property Tax Credit picks up the rest.
But instead of...
| Dec 18, 2011
| 3:00 AM
A homeowner should not pay more in property taxes than his two neighbors put together for their nearly identical homes. But that's exactly what Sun reporters Scott Calvert and Jamie Smith Hopkins found in a comprehensive and unprecedented review of...
| Jan 1, 2012
| 7:01 PM
The annual number of killings in Baltimore has fallen below 200 for the first time in more than three decades, a symbolic threshold that seemed elusive for a crime-weary city just four years ago.
As a new year begins, city officials say the decline is...
| Feb 23, 2012
| 4:17 PM
Patterson High School became the latest political battleground in the effort to rebuild Baltimore's decrepit school infrastructure this week, with students throwing their support behind a proposed bottle tax that could help raise about $300 million for...
| Feb 29, 2012
| 6:12 PM
Funding for the Department of Recreation and Parks was a hot issue at City Hall on Wednesday — with the City Council president suggesting that police and other agencies transfer money to youth programs, an activist criticizing a proposal to hire a...
| Mar 5, 2012
| 4:26 PM
The Baltimore City Council unanimously approved a resolution Monday calling on Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's administration to order a halt to the practice of placing liens against homes with unpaid water bills.
"This is not to say that people...
| Mar 8, 2012
| 6:12 PM
The lack of immediate answers in the case of slain 13-year-old Monae Turnage has left the community in limbo, Baltimore City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke said Thursday.
"I understand the protocols, but this family, and this city, needs to know what...
| Mar 9, 2012
| 6:51 PM
On a warm, breezy afternoon, as East Baltimoreans mourn the shooting death of the "little flower" of Darley Park, police Maj. Melvin T. Russell is right where he wants to be — smack in the middle of a crowd of children, teachers, parents and...
| Mar 21, 2012
| 6:40 PM
Rhonda Wimbish says she has been battling Baltimore officials over a $300 water bill — more than six times her normal rate — for more than a year.
Now Wimbish, a single mother of a disabled child, says her West Baltimore home is scheduled...
| Mar 21, 2012
| 3:22 AM
Baltimore residents who are frustrated over high or unusual water bills will have a chance to vent to city officials Wednesday afternoon.
A City Council committee will hold a hearing on a contentious resolution asking MayorStephanie Rawlings-Blake to...