Annapolis, MD -- On Tuesday at 11:30 am, Delegate Mary Washington will stand alongside faith leaders and advocates to call on the Maryland State Senate to support HB 1409, legislation to remove water bills from tax sale in Baltimore City. The legislation sailed through the House of Delegates, with unanimous support from the Baltimore City House Delegation as well as a unanimous third-reader floor vote.
Currently in Baltimore City, as little as $750 in outstanding water bills can send a home or church to tax sale. Skyrocketing water rates, as well as erroneous water bills have left families with little ability to pay. In 2017, A total of 10,839 homes were sent to tax sale and legal advocates estimate that between 70-80% of tax sales involve water bills.
Many faith leaders, whose churches were placed on the tax sale list, will join to share their stories and call on the General Assembly to pass this critical water justice legislation. In 2017, 26 churches were sent to tax sale, all of which are African American congregations.
The fate of the legislation now rests with the Maryland State Senate, where it has been assigned to the Maryland Senate Budget & Taxation Committee.
What: Press Conference featuring local elected officials, faith leaders
When: Tuesday, March 13th 11:30 AM
-Delegate Mary Washington, 43rd District
-Delegate Robbyn Lewis, 46th District
-Delegate Brooke Lierman, 46th District
-Senator Barbara Robinson, 40th District
-Reverend Alvin Gwynn, President of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Baltimore
-Reverend Keith Bailey, Greater Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church
-Pastor Mark James, Barnes Memorial Church
Where: Maryland House of Delegates Office Building
Western Maryland Delegation Room - Room 406
6 Bladen Street, Annapolis MD 21401
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