Sweet Irony: The City Has Been Asked to Return $200,000 It Received in Error

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Maybe Baltimore’s city government has demanded homeowners refund misapplied tax credits so quickly because it has to refund some misdirected money of its own. The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation wrote a $200,000 check intended for United Way of Maryland’s “Journey Home” initative, an ambitious project aimed at ending homelessness in Baltimore. Somehow, the city received the funds instead. And now the foundation is asking that the city send the money back. (Isn’t this great?)

Baltimore’s Board of Estimates will hold a vote today to decide whether to return the money. (Wouldn’t it be interesting if all the homeowners who are on the hook with the city could have just gotten together and voted on whether to repay the tax credits?)

Now this story is not quite as juicy as it could be. Looks like the city was going to put it toward “The Journey Home” anyway, specifically to fund the salary of a new director for the project.  So, in the end, it may not make much of a difference. Still, it’s nice to see the shoe on the other foot.



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