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As Baltimore senator seeks to end water bill-related tax sales, new data highlight prevalent debt issues

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As Mayor Catherine Pugh’s administration seeks to alter a bill that would forever end Baltimore’s practice of selling homes’ water-bill debts, advocates have stumbled across data they say point to the city’s over-reliance on the tax sale process.

In split vote, Board of Estimates approves 30 percent water rate bump through June 2022

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Baltimore’s spending board has signed off on yet another steep three-year hike in the city’s water and sewer rates, set to begin this July.

Cardin touts federal legislation for low-income water billing aid, saying it could help Baltimore

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Sen. Ben Cardin says a new bill he’s co-sponsored in Congress could help to break Baltimore’s seemingly endless cycle of water and sewer rate hikes, as well as water shutoffs and tax sales for low-income customers who can’t pay their bills.

Your water and sewer bill is about to rise by more than 9 percent (again), city dwellers

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For the last two years, the city water rate has risen by 9.9 percent and the sewer rate has climbed by 9 percent as part of a three-year plan approved in 2016. On Sunday, it’s happening again.

Baltimore lawmakers back Senate bill that would ban water lien tax sales, but advocates worry it will be stripped down

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Baltimore’s Senate delegation has decided not to support a House bill that would protect residents from having their homes and churches sold at auction due to water bill-related debt, instead backing a Senate bill that was originally amended to offer the same protections, but is now said to be under threat of being stripped down.

With time waning, legislators stall on proposal to ban water lien tax sales in Baltimore

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With less than a week left in Maryland’s 2018 legislative session, water-rights advocates are growing restless about the fate of proposed legislation that would ban sales of Baltimoreans’ properties at auction due to water bill-related debt.

House of Delegates passes bill to ban tax lien sales in Baltimore

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Maryland’s House of Delegates this morning unanimously advanced a bill that would permanently block the city from selling residents’ homes at tax sales due to unpaid water and sewer bills.

Event Pick: A Discussion on the ‘Downward Spiral’ of Baltimore’s Water Billing System

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What happens when water and sewer rates are too high for at least a third of households to afford their monthly bills? Presently, Baltimore’s solution is to keep hiking the rates. This isn’t going to work out, says one economist.

Pugh Suspends Practice of Auctioning Off Baltimore Homes with Unpaid Water Bills

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Unlike in past years, the city won’t be auctioning off homes this year if their owners owe more than $750 in unpaid water bills.

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