Everything must begin with growing our tax base. My goal is to cut Baltimore's property tax by half in my first four years in office. It will be tough, but I will be focused. We need to turn renters in Baltimore into homeowners and we must capture potential homeowners such as graduating students from Baltimore's colleges and universities. We can use the 47,000 boarded up houses in our city as incentives for potential home buyers and developers, working with community development corporations to begin to rehabilitate this horrible blight on our city. We will offer tax breaks to homebuyers so that they can renovate their properties and live in Baltimore. We also have to have all invested parties at the table so we can design our neighborhoods with an eye towards incorporating these abandoned houses. I will create a Property Tax Reduction Commission that will search the country for best practices in cutting property taxes that may work in Baltimore and I will bring community and neighborhood leaders, activists, and business leaders into the discussions to be part of the solution. What we know for sure is that we must cut property taxes in order for us to grow our city, grow our tax base, energize the small business community, create jobs, and compete to bring our neighborhoods alive with contributing and invested residents.