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You Tell Us: Property Tax Cut or New Schools?

Patch wants to know what our readers would choose.

Earlier this year Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake fulfilled when the City Council passed her tax credit aimed at eventually reducing the city's property tax rate by 20 cents per $100 of assessed value.

Baltimore currently has a property tax rate of $2.268 per $100 of assessed value, the highest in the state and more than double that of neighboring Baltimore County.

But at the same time Rawlings-Blake and education advocates are pursuing an increase in the city's "bottle tax" to 5 cents.

Supporters of the tax argue that it's a necessary to leverage $300 million for school construction and restoration that is desperately needed for school facilities. 

What Patch wants to know from our readers, is if they could only choose one which would they prefer to have? Tell us in the comment section below and explain why you would choose that option.

jj May 16, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Elimiate waste and fraud in welfare programs --- Md Medicaid is out of control. And have the other half pay some state income taxes. Half of all Md families pay no income tax. Cannot afford to give them a free ride.
tobey f May 16, 2012 at 06:03 PM
that is an unfair question. What about the past $500,000 renovation to city school headquarters? take that cut. stick it into school buildings. attract more tax payers into baltimore city by lowering property taxes. while i'd love to live in the neighborhood i'm renting, i can't justify the expense against moving over the county line and saving thousands every year. sorry. baltimore city, get it together.
Andre Stone May 16, 2012 at 06:15 PM
I think a property tax reduction will do more to keep middle class families in the city. If that happens, those families would then demand that schools get updates. Brand new schools serving an overwhelmingly low-income student population isn't going to magically create outstanding students, economic development, or population growth. In my opinion, lowering taxes will help do exactly that. I know many, many people who have told me that the ONLY reason they and their families don't live in Baltimore City is the high property tax rate.
Sean Tully May 16, 2012 at 08:01 PM
I agree with Andre Stone 99%. I do believe building new schools will give temporary economic growth as someone is going to have to do the construction work. But the chances those construction workers will be Baltimore City residents is slim.
Baltimore Matt June 22, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Property tax cut...lower taxes (if substantial) makes an area more potential residents which means a larger (most likely more affuent b/c the rich tend to go where taxes are reasonable) pool of tax payers which means more stability to pay for any needed city program...to have a long term fiscal progress we must first first start with lowering the tax rate today.

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