On that score, there is still a long way to go. If the City Council approves the mayor's proposal as introduced, homeowners in the city will pay a rate of $2.13 per $100 in assessed value, still $1.02 more than the rate in Baltimore County. Considering the differential in home sale prices between the city and county is not so great as it once was, that remains a formidable disincentive to city living. Still, it's worth noting that Ms. Rawlings-Blake has already cut property taxes for homeowners more than any of her predecessors, and if she keeps up this pace, she will be able to achieve a goal of reducing the rate by 20 percent within a decade. That would, at least, allow the city to lose the ignominious distinction of having the highest rates in the state, an honor that would pass to some municipalities in Prince George's County.