Baltimore City needs to reduce its dependency on the real property tax and the burden our high tax rates place on homeowners. I have been a leading voice on the City Council for property tax reduction, but I do not believe that it can be undertaken responsibly without first having certain systems in place. This term, I wrote and introduced a Council resolution asking the State to pass enabling legislation allowing the City to tax uninhabitable properties at a higher rate than occupied properties. Doing so would accomplish two things: First, it would eliminate the incentive for absentee property owners to leave their properties in disrepair. Second, it would also require that these properties, which cost the City money in additional resources, contribute their fair share. While the resulting State legislation did not pass, I believe that other elected officials, both on the State and City level, are growing to realize the necessity of this approach.