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Baltimore taxpayers invited to speak out on proposed city budget (access required)

The city’s Board of Estimates will hold its annual Taxpayers’ Night on Wednesday beginning at 6 p.m. at the War Memorial Building near City Hall. The event is a public forum on the proposed 2013 budget of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, which will also be the topic of several public hearings before the City Council this spring. Facing ...

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  1. 10 year tax-phase in for ALL new city homebuyers (much like the current new construction tax phase-in). Commit to $.03-$.05 tax reduction per year for 20 years. Reduce or sunset the homestead tax credit after 10 years. This will encourage new buyers, expand the tax base, immediately address current budget issues with increased transfer taxes. This will invite the middle class back in and create healthier communities jobs and opportunity for all. This will also improve safety and schools. Best of all there is no downside, except for some polticians and community leaders who will not be able to retain power with an better informed and caring electorate.