The Spark

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

Baltimore Water Shutoff Threat

Mar 30, 2015

Baltimore City has sent out notices to about 25,000 customers warning that their water will be shut off if they don’t pay their bills within 10 days. These unpaid bills total about $40 million.

The warning letters went out just two days after the city Board of Estimates voted to pay an extra $13 million for the installation of smart meters on top of the $107 million that had already been authorized for this project.

Is the city trying to force more people out of their homes so they can give the land to developers? Or trying to cover its cost over-runs for the smart meters? Or both?