Absolutely. This is a challenge that has faced Baltimore long before I became a member of the Council and one that will not be easily solved in the short run. Reducing the tax rate in Baltimore City is an issue that we must begin to address regionally. Baltimore is the hub of healthcare, education, sports and entertainment in the greater Baltimore region, with the expectation that we should pay for the services to support these industries without significant support from the surrounding jurisdictions that benefit from what Baltimore offers. Public safety (fire and police) and public works (street/road maintenance, traffic control, trash collection, etc) are not free services and as a region must be equitably addressed. A sustainable PILOT program should be seriously explored, not just when the city is financially strapped, but as an on-going means of compensating for almost one-third of the tax exempt property that doesn't financially contribute to the services provided by city property tax dollars.