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HB 32: Restoring and Sustaining Baltimore City Communities Act of 2016

The Maryland Catholic Conference (“Conference”) represents the public-policy interests of the three Roman Catholic (arch)dioceses serving Maryland: the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Archdiocese of Washington, and the Diocese of Wilmington.

HB 32 requires the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore City to grant, by law, a specified property tax credit against the property tax imposed on certain property located in designated communities in Baltimore City.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore is home to many churches, organizations, and health care facilities that serve Baltimore City. All of those entities come face-to-face with the needs of those who face housing insecurity as well as the effects of disinvestment in the communities that surround them. It is essential to encourage and enable people to live in Sandtown-Winchester, Upton, 28 Fayette Street Outreach, Boyd-Booth, and Shipley Hill in efforts to reinvest in these communities. The establishment of this tax credit is will help restore and sustain the culture and vitality communities in Baltimore City, just as the title of this legislation indicates. 

The Conference appreciates your consideration and urges you to support HB 32.