MEDIA ADVISORY FOR MON. JANUARY 7
Baltimore, MD -- On Monday at 10 am, State Legislators will stand alongside faith leaders and advocates to announce the reintroduction of the Water Taxpayer Protection Act - a widely supported piece of legislation aiming to remove water bills from tax sale in Baltimore City. The legislation sailed through the House of Delegates in 2017, with unanimous support from the Baltimore City House Delegation as well as a unanimous third-reader floor vote, but failed in the Senate. This year the group anticipates unwavering support from members of the House and Senate City Delegations. Councilwoman Shannon Sneed will also be in announcing the introduction of a resolution calling on the General Assembly to pass the Water Taxpayer Protection Act. This bill comes on the heels of Baltimore becoming the first major city in the country to ban water privatization, setting itself apart as a water justice leader.
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.
What: Press Conference featuring elected officials, faith leaders
When: Monday, January 7th 10 AM
-Senator Mary Washington, 43rd District
-Delegate Nick Mosby, 40th District
-Councilwoman Shannon Sneed, 13th District
-Rianna Eckel, Maryland Organizer, Food & Water Watch
-Reverend Alvin Gwynn, President of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Baltimore
Where: St John Alpha Omega Pentecostal Church, 1950 West North Avenue, Baltimore MD, 21217
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