EVENT: The Baltimore City Property Tax: How much should we cut?

Sep 11, 2015 12:00 AM - Sep 24, 2015 12:00 AM

Almost everyone agrees that Baltimore City’s property tax rate – roughly twice that of any other jurisdiction in Maryland— is an obstacle to the city’s renewal and its efforts to attract new residents and create greater economic opportunity.

What few can agree on, however, is how much the city needs to cut its tax rate to be competitive, how to achieve such cuts, and where they should be targeted. Current public policy offers tax breaks for developers to promote building. Critics say breaks should be extended to all residents. Still others say targeted rate cuts for families or newcomers or requiring nonprofits, who don’t pay property taxes, to start would encourage more people and businesses to move to the city.

At the Maryland Policy Forum, we think the way to find the best public policy solution to Baltimore City’s tax problem is through vigorous debate. And we know a thriving Baltimore City benefits everyone in the state in terms of higher tax revenue and lower subsidies. Don’t miss the free debate central to the city and state’s future.

Members of the press and the public are encouraged to attend. Learn more at www.marylandpolicyforum.org.

Who:   Joseph S. Wood, Provost, University of Baltimore - Opening Remarks

For: Louis Miserendino, Director, McMullen Scholars Program, Calvert Hall College High School
Against: Matthew D. Gallagher, President and CEO, Goldseker Foundation
Moderator: Andrew A. Green, Editorial Page Editor, The Baltimore Sun
When: September 24, 2016
6:15 pm - Reception
7:00 pm - Program
Where: The John and Frances Angelos Law Center - University of Baltimore
1401 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201