Proposal for split property-tax rate in Baltimore
Those of you following the idea of a split property-tax rate in the city -- one for regular homes, and a higher one for "vacant and uninhabitable" properties -- will be interested to know that state Sen. George W. Della Jr. of Baltimore has introduced a bill that would make it possible.
You can track the bill here. It's just in its early stages now.
The City Council passed a resolution in December that asked the state for authority to set a two-level rate. Read more about that history here.
Thanks to several Wonk readers for the heads up.
UPDATE 2/17: Here's the PDF of the bill, which defines vacant and uninhabitable as properties that have been "cited as vacant and abandoned on a housing or building notice for at least a period of 1 year." And here's the House version, now filed.