Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Monday the city will make lump-sum payments to owners of historic properties whose tax bills in coming years will be higher than what government officials told them to expect. The checks — which will cover portions of up to nine years of future tax bills — are intended to compensate property owners who were awarded excessive 10-year credits for renovation or restoration of historic buildings. The city intends to cover the mistakes with a single
City officials on Monday will consider issuing $35 million in bonds for the massive Harbor Point development — among the final steps before construction can begin on the $1.8 billion waterfront project. Some are urging the board not to approve the financing until all environmental concerns associated with the former chemical plant site are alleviated.
When demolition begins next week on several blocks of rowhomes, it will mark the start of a new phase for the nonprofit created by the city and others to redevelop 88 acres in East Baltimore just north of the Johns Hopkins University medical campus.
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Baltimore's top politicians are set to receive automatic 2.5 percent pay raises, following a years-old decision by an independent body. The salary hikes — which would increase the mayor's $159,380 salary to $163,365 — are tied to raises that city union workers receive each year, according to a 2010 decision by the Compensation Commission for Elected Officials.
Unexpected expenses and shortfalls — $3.8 million in police expenses, $4 million in unpaid tax credits, a $14.4 million gap from inactive speed cameras — left Baltimore officials scrambling in recent months to patch holes in the budget, the city's fiscal chief said Tuesday.
Planning Commission holds hearing on whether to approve planned shopping center as approved by the City Council in 2010 with "minor" amendments or to send the project back to the council for review of "major amendments, such as the loss of Lowe's as co-anchor with Walmart. Residents are deeply split on the issue, as are the city planners and council members.
More than 200 members of the Maryland District of the Amateur Athletics Union will be honored at a special ceremony Sunday, with athletes, coaches and volunteers being acknowledged in eight different sports.
Homicide detectives gathered under a West Baltimore street lamp Wednesday evening and studied a pool of blood from a gunshot wound to the head of a 20-year-old man. As police notified his family and began to canvass the area, a spokesman assigned the victim a number: 199.
A City Council hearing on tax break errors turned into a public spat Wednesday, as officials from the city's Finance Department and the state assessments agency traded blame for costly mistakes that are confusing taxpayers.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake launched a pre-emptive political strike Tuesday against growing calls on the City Council for an independent audit of the city's troubled property tax program, saying her administration's reforms should be given more time to yield results.
Although a key Baltimore City panel has approved the Walmart redesign for the 25th Street Station shopping center, a City Council member said he still might ask the Planning Commission to send the project back for reconsideration by the City Council, which approved an earlier version of it in 2010.
A city-mandated advisory committee that formed only two weeks ago meets to make recommendations to Panning Department about 25th Street Station shopping center and Walmart, but not enough committee members show up, so the committee lacks a quorum.
Baltimore officials have revised tax bills for many of the 315 property owners who saw their taxes jump unexpectedly in July, after the city concluded that state officials had been granting excessively large discounts for historic renovations.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Friday that the persistence of tax bill errors is a "serious problem," as criticism of her administration grew for errors that caused the cash-strapped city to miss out on badly needed revenue.
Baltimore's Urban Design and Architectural Review Panel questions aspects of a new plan by Beatty Development to build 103 apartments where office space was originally planned at the Exelon Corp. building at Harbor Point.
Baltimore City has erroneously underbilled a downtown office tower owned by Orioles majority owner Peter G. Angelos by $390,000 in property taxes since 2011, government officials say — the latest example of costly mistakes emerging from the city's Finance Department.
Amid continued protests, the Baltimore City Council is set to give final approval Monday to more than $100 million in taxpayer assistance for the massive Harbor Point development that the mayor calls a "once-in-a-generation opportunity." Critics question both the size of the aid package and the amenities on which the money will be spent.
After a contentious series of hearings, the City Council is expected on Monday to grant developer Michael Beatty $107 million in public financing for Harbor Point, the capped hazardous waste site envisioned as home to a new office tower as well as housing, shopping and parks.
The head of Baltimore's water system spent 35 days attending conferences in the past year, many of them out of state, records show. The travel has raised concerns among some city officials, who say Water and Wastewater chief Rudy Chow is needed here to focus on issues of crumbling infrastructure and erroneous bills.
$1.6 million in renovations to two public schools in Charles Village are the first tangible results of the Homewood Community Partners Initiative that was announced in December. The Initiative was Hopkins' attempt to help 10 struggling communities in the north Baltimore area. This morning, Hopkins president and interim schools CEO were on hand to announce the renovations to Barclay and Margaret Brent elementary/middle schools.
In return for the promise to bring another 650 jobs to Baltimore, city leaders on Wednesday are poised to give financial services giant Morgan Stanley more time to meet the terms of a $3.25 million loan forgiveness program.
The developer of Harbor Point plans to buy the initial offering of city-issued bonds for the $1.8 billion project, allowing him to collect millions in interest from the controversial public financing deal, city officials confirmed Thursday.
Opponents of more than $100 million in public financing for an upscale waterfront development say they plan to continue to fight the proposal as it goes before the full City Council for a vote Monday evening.