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O'Malley talks property taxes

Gov. Martin O'Malley gave props to Baltimore's current mayor at an event today and dismissed one of her opponent's plans to reduce the city's property taxes as election year promise-mongering.

The governor, speaking after an groundbreaking for a new sports field at Patterson Park, was asked about a Sun story by Julie Scharper that laid out plans by various mayoral candidates to slash the city's high property tax.

One idea, put forward by City Coucilman Carl Stokes, would reduce the rate by $1.10 over four years. Baltimore homeowners currently pay $2.268 per $100 of assessed value, by far the highest in the state.

"In an election year there will be people promising all sorts of things that they know in their heart of hearts they really can't accomplish," O'Malley said.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake wants a more gradual decline in the rate. And O'Malley Monday sounded in sync. "As our population starts to grow we’ll move toward being able to bring that property tax rate down," O'Malley said.

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As mayor, O'Malley made two-cent reductions to the property tax rate in 2005 and 2006. Former Mayor Sheila Dixon reduced the rate by two-cents in 2007.

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