Pugh to unveil plan to cut property taxes in half
Update: A spokesman for Sen. Catherine Pugh's campaign clarified that she will share only a component of her plan tomorrow.
Pugh will discuss "a component of the plan that includes calling on the leadership of Scott Donahoo, Dr. Dorothy Brunson and other leading business persons, economists, accountants and other financial experts," said spokesman Anthony McCarthy.
State Sen. Catherine Pugh, who announced last week that she is running for mayor, plans to reveal a plan tomorrow morning to cut the city's property tax rate in half in four years.
"The citizens of Baltimore cannot wait another decade for property tax relief," Pugh said in a statement. Lower property taxes will assist in "repopulating our city, helping grow business investment, and encourage employment opportunities."
Pugh will be joined at the announcement by media executive and longtime friend Dorothy Brunson and Scott Donahoo, the former owner of a chain of car dealerships who had also contemplated a run for mayor late last year.
At least three other candidates who are challenging Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for the city's top office have also stressed the importance of lowering property tax rates: former city planning director Otis Rolley, Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors vice president Joseph T. "Jody" Landers and City Councilman Carl Stokes.
Rawlings-Blake told WBAL's Jayne Miller earlier this week that dramatically lowering property taxes is a "pie in the sky idea."
Rawlings-Blake says that she has formed a task force to draw up a 10-year financial plan for the city that includes lowering property taxes.