Baltimore's finance department says the city police commissioner owes $9,364.35 in unpaid taxes and liens. Police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier says there must be some mistake.
Mr. Frazier was among the owners of 18,472 properties listed yesterday in legal notices as owing money for back taxes, water bills, alley paving and other services.
The commissioner said he was unaware that his recently purchased home in Roland Park was on the list until he was told late yesterday by a reporter.
"Something's amiss someplace," he said.
"We paid a ton of money to close the deal, including money for property taxes," said Mr. Frazier, who bought the house late last summer, renovated it and moved into it last month. "There's something amiss. I'll straighten it out tomorrow.
"I'm certainly not trying to defraud the city."
Mr. Frazier said he converted a construction loan into a permanent loan through Loyola Federal Savings Bank. James V. McAveney, the bank's chief financial officer, said last night that he did not know what had happened.
"I have no idea, absolutely no idea," he said.
Ottavio Grande, the city collector, said earlier yesterday that usually a "small percentage" of properties listed as having unpaid taxes result from "problems between taxpayers and the mortgage company."
If the money owed on the properties is not paid by April 28, the properties will be auctioned at a tax sale in mid-May.
Based on experience, Mr. Grande estimated, all but 5,000 of the properties listed yesterday will have taxes and liens satisfied by that date.
There are approximately 220,000 taxable properties in the city, he said.