Anne Arundel is the most tax-averse county in the state, but County Executive John Leopold and a majority of the County Council agreed to a small hike in the property tax as part of a balanced approach to solving their budget woes.
From the exodus of middle class residents to the flight of manufacturing jobs, William Donald Schaefer confronted problems that challenged big city mayors across America. Inconsistent policies from the federal government helped create at least some of those problems.
By By John Fritze and Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun
Housing officials have sold more of the city's vacant homes in the first seven months of the budget year than they sold during all of last year – but the properties represent fewer than 3 percent of the 4,000 empty houses owned by the city.