Del. Jill Carter to bureaucracy: Don't bog me down!
Del. Jill Carter is co-sponsor of a bill that could prevent Baltimoreans from losing their houses over unpaid water and and sewer charges. I'd like to go on record to say that's commendable, if also a little odd.
Wouldn't you think someone sufficiently immersed in the issue of delinquent water bills and tax sales to co-sponsor a bill on the subject would know if her own water bill has gone unpaid for nearly two years and her own house is about to go on the auction block?
Carter has an explanation, posted on Facebook:
"So, I'm fallible?" she writes. "It's not like i have millions of dollars and just... refuse to pay my debts. Truth is, I abhor being bogged down by bureacracy. So, to that extent, I sometimes bring things, like this, on myself because I feel I don't have time, or want to be botheed with letter writing, phone calls, etc, to handle personal matters."
Hmmm. A woman who's run for mayor doesn't like being bogged down by "bureacracy"?
Read more of Carter's explanation below.
"And it is far from the ONLY bill I haven't paid," Carter writes. "However, I didn't place a high priority on it because I thought insurance was taking care of a chunk due to ongoing massive leaks and flooding in the house. The house has been a ...burden not a blessing.
"On the water thing, I haven't gotten a bill in a really long time, and meant to make an inquiry but just forgot about it. From January-April, I devote myself to session, and often fall behind in all things personal because I stop earning money through legal practice, and spend most of my time in Annapolis. Truly, the water bill is the least of my worries. I could very well lose my house, but not likely over a water bill. ...still, Adam's [Meister, of The Examiner] point about the Sun is correct. The Sun NEVER covers anything correctly or thoroughly. The Sun has taken a position of deliberate non-coverage of my work, or anything non-negative about me the entire time I've held office. It's not personal, it's political. Reporters and editors like to keep a close relationship with the politically powerful. The gov, speaker, et.al, steer them in the direction of who to cover and how to spin the stories. I'm simply not a party favorite, pawn, or puppet. Most of why I'm in debt is due to my dedication to public service without having any help from the party. This has meant I've spent a lot of my limited personal resources to stay in office because I believe it is critical to have at least ONE elected person that is not own by the party or special interests. But, the supreme challenge is money. The people don't tend to contribute enough, and the only other option is to spend your own money. In my case, in 8 years, I've gone from financial comfortable to financially strapped. but,I believe it's worth it, and it has been my choice."