In May, Baltimore's tax lien auction list was 92 pages long. A month later, bureaucrats and the court extended the judicial wastewater decree for 15 years, once again with no funding mechanism. In August, with a judicial revolver at its head, Baltimore's Board of Estimates authorized another major increase in city water and sewer rates. In September, the U.S. Senate passed a water resources bill that relieved none of the pressure on Baltimore. Thereafter, the president signed a continuing appropriations measure with the same defect.