The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Baltimore:
“Mistakes” Favor the Wealthy

Feb 20, 2012

Seventeen property owners in Baltimore were found to be getting special tax credits on three or more houses, a tax credit meant only for the homeowner's own residence. Hundreds of owners had gotten two of these special property tax credits. These were the findings of two reporters for the Baltimore Sun papers who did a search of city property tax records.

The city says these are “mistakes.” Perhaps the mistakes have been simple errors. But often not.

One Baltimore city resident put together three row houses four years ago to create a giant home. His assessment was the same as nearby neighbors with half or a third of the square footage compared to his giant house. This homeowner just happens to be the son of the second largest property developer in Baltimore.

Why is it that “mistakes” favor those who are already wealthy?