Baltimore City Tax Sale Workgroup Convenes This Week

The Baltimore City Tax Sale Workgroup will hold its first meeting on Thursday, October 28th, at 2:00 p.m. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Tax Sale Workgroup will identify and recommend solutions to close gaps in the system and advise the City on making the process more equitable. In addition, the Workgroup will evaluate ways to offer residents more options to satisfy outstanding tax debts and work with state lawmakers to allow for greater…

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Winter #MACoCon Details Are Here – View the Registration Brochure!

MACo’s Winter Conference, “Time to Reboot: Tomorrow’s Tech Today,” on Dec 8-10, 2021, will bring together more than 600 leaders in the private and public sectors to discuss how to prepare for the changes on the horizon in Maryland.  View the Registration Brochure to see the full schedule, along with session titles and descriptions. Topics to be discussed include: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Cannabis Broadband Social Media 2022 General Assembly Opioids Post-Pandemic Workplace Highway User Revenue…

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Hogan Announces $4 Million for Tropical Depression Ida Relief

Governor Larry Hogan last week announced that the State of Maryland is making $4 million in funding available to assist residents and businesses affected by Tropical Depression Ida. In addition, the governor has requested a disaster declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to make low-interest loans available. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied Maryland’s request for a disaster declaration for significant damage caused by the remnants of…

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MACo and Local Leaders Attend Maryland Municipal League Fall Conference

Local leaders from around Maryland took part in critical discussions as Maryland Municipal League's (MML) membership debated and adopted the League’s legislative agenda, participated in workshops, networked with peers, and made new connections at the 2021 MML Fall Conference. The conference was held October 10-12, 2021. According to MML's website: Fall Conference 2021 offered more than 16 different workshops, forums, and discussion sessions, including Academy core classes and several electives. Academy elective workshops addressed a…

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State Announces $135 Million in Emergency Rental Assistance Funding

On September 30th, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) announced $135 million will be made available to assist 15,000 renters affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds will be distributed through DHCD's Emergency Rental Assistance Program with $65.7 million in state program spending and $69.4 million in direct relief apportioned by local jurisdiction. DHCD elaborated on the program's focus in a press release: “The basis of our program, which was built in consultation with…

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Baltimore City Mayor Appoints Kennedy as Housing Commissioner

Today, Baltimore City Mayor Brandon M. Scott appointed Alice Kennedy as Commissioner for the City's Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Ms. Kennedy had been serving as Acting Commissioner since August of 2020. She will be charged with carrying out two of the Mayor's priorities concerning equitable development and modernizing permitting systems. In a press release, Mayor Scott praised Kennedy: “I’m pleased to announce the selection of our new housing commissioner, Alice Kennedy,” said…

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City Charts Path to Tax Sale Reform, Will Purchase 450+ Owner-Occupied Liens

While outlining plans for equitable reform, Baltimore City will purchase hundreds of liens on owner-occupied tax sale properties. Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott announced the City's short- and long-term strategy for comprehensive tax sale reform, prioritizing immediate relief to owner-occupied properties facing tax sale. Today's announcement follows the Mayor's decision in May to remove first-time owner-occupied liens from the annual tax sale. As part of its commitment to protecting legacy residents, Mayor Scott said the…

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Baltimore Development Corporation Introduces Inclusive Plan for Startups

The Baltimore Business Journal reports the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC) has unveiled an expansive plan to assist in the development of minority- and women- owned businesses.  Entitled "Baltimore Together, A Platform for Inclusive Prosperity," the report and accompanying recommendations suggest steering funds from both the state and federal governments toward leveling the "playing field and creat[ing] a more equitable economy as a way to increase business opportunities in the city." According to the Baltimore Business Journal article:…

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Little-Known Rental Tax Credit Could Benefit Many Marylanders

With a potential eviction crisis looming, some renters experiencing hardship could be eligible for the little-known Maryland Renter's Tax Credit Program. Eligible individuals could receive up to $1,000 yearly, or $83.33 per month in the form of a direct check from the State of Maryland. Eligibility is dependent upon applicants having total assets valued at less than $200,000 and being below certain income thresholds. The credit is available to the following groups: Seniors over 60;…

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Cecil Announces its 6th Annual Cecil Cares for 10/2

Cecil County will hold its sixth annual Cecil Cares day of volunteering on October 2. According to a County press release: Cecil Cares is an annual countywide day of service that offers a variety of hands-on service projects and donation drives. This year, a record 17 service projects are scheduled throughout the day, including food drives, roadside and community cleanups, trail upkeep, and much more. Projects are located throughout Cecil County, and all residents are…

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