The Spark

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

Government Fails Baltimore Residents

Oct 28, 2019

The city of Baltimore is supposed to be spending about two billion dollars on its aging water mains that break daily throughout the city and county. And out of that two billion the city promised to spend, one tenth of one percent was supposed to help city or county residents who experienced back-ups of water and sewage.

So far, the city fund has paid to clean up only 10 homes—although dozens of people report back-ups after big rain storms. A private company offered warranties to home owners on such items as water and sewage back-up, and they also established money to pay poorer residents. But hardly any of that money was spent.

Both the company and the city did the same thing—made it hard for residents to apply, made ridiculous deadlines, said they would pay if it was heavy rain but not if it was clogged. Any and every excuse to avoid paying when people actually experience water and sewage back-ups.

As if it was the fault of residents and not the fault of decades of neglect by city and county officials!