The property-tax rate's effect on Baltimore
Colleague Julie Scharper wrote this weekend about mayoral candidates' dueling plans on property-tax relief in Baltimore, a story that includes the perspectives of several residents who moved out recently or are in the process of doing so.
"I'm part of the thirtysomething generation that wanted to live in the city," said one of the folks she quoted, a 31-year-old whose family bought a home in Anne Arundel County last month. "But every single place we looked at that was in our price range, the property taxes were $5,000 to $6,000."
This is the sort of experience that residents, and real estate agents, have bemoaned for years. Alas, I know of no research that's attempted to get at just how common this is -- moving out, or deciding not to move in, because of the city's property-tax structure. (The city's rate is more than twice as high as the rest of the jurisdictions in the state.)
So weigh in on the (admittedly unscientific) poll below. It's a choose-all-that-apply, so pick as many of the answers below as you agree with: