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Baltimore’s property tax privileged and punished

The Northwood Plaza shopping center (Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun)

Everybody wants nice neighbors. Unfortunately for Morgan State University, the property next door is Northwood Plaza, a dilapidated shopping center that includes boarded-up storefronts and abandoned spaces.

“The shopping center has deteriorated to the point where it is the site of serious criminal activity, and it is an eyesore of the highest order,” University President David Wilson testified at a recent Baltimore City Council committee meeting. “It is literally in Morgan’s backyard. Morgan deserves better. We deserve much better than what we see currently in our backyard.”

Of course, residents of the neighborhoods surrounding Northwood Plaza deserve much better too. Like many Baltimoreans, they are adversely affected by dilapidated properties, criminal activity, eyesores and a general lack of access to quality shopping — despite a prime location that seems to make perfect sense for vibrant commercial activity. Northwood Plaza is in the backyard of a university filled with thousands of students and nearby residents who undoubtedly would love easy access to safe hangouts, reputable stores and new job opportunities.

The same frustrating situation exists in many underserved Baltimore communities near other important institutions. One would think that developers and entrepreneurs would be clamoring to fill such obvious needs. And they actually are in the case of Northwood — but in exchange for a sweet deal.

For years now, we’ve heard much about the “two Baltimores,” with the dividing line between them typically identified as race or income. But there is another schism in the city that separates a privileged class from the rest of us: property taxes, and who actually has to pay them.

With the normal real property tax rate at 2.248 percent, a Baltimore City property assessed at $50 million — the price tag for a proposed mixed-use retail and commercial town center on the plaza site, which would be renamed Northwood Commons — slams its owners with an annual bill of $1.124 million. Compare that to an annual bill of $550,000 in Baltimore County, where the tax rate is less than half the city’s.

Moreover, since the personal property tax rate is two and a half times the real property tax rate, business owners in Northwood Commons typically would have to pay a 5.62 percent annual tax on property physically located inside their businesses. Per $100,000 of office equipment or machinery, city businesses pay $5,620 in annual tax versus $2,750 in the county. No wonder Northwood Plaza is in bad shape.

This is life in “Property Tax Punished” Baltimore, where vast tracts of the city suffer from a tax rate that repels much needed investment.

But if developers have the right connections — as, it turns out, the Northwood Commons developers do — then there is a narrow and exclusive path that leads to a “Property Tax Privileged” Baltimore. On Monday the Baltimore City Council voted to support millions of dollars in property tax breaks for the proposed Northwood Commons redevelopment, which is expected to reduce crime, eliminate blight, create jobs, support the university and improve the community.

Once state officials sign off as expected, the blighted shopping center in Morgan State’s backyard will officially be located in a tax break area known as a RISE Zone. And Northwood Commons will rise as $50 million pours into the project, which will receive a generous 80 percent discount in property taxes for five to 10 years. The grand plans include a two-story Barnes & Noble bookstore with a Starbucks, along with the possibility of a grocery store, student apartments, offices and space for campus police.

Sadly, investment dollars will not be pouring into "Property Tax Punished" Baltimore anytime soon. If you are not in a favored area, like a RISE Zone, then rising is virtually prohibited. It is great that Morgan State will finally get the nice neighbor it deserves, but it is a shame that most of Baltimore lacks the right connections.

Until our elected officials decide that the entire city is worthy of privilege in the form of fair and widespread property tax relief, Baltimoreans will be stuck with the dilapidated property next door.

Louis Miserendino is director of the McMullen Scholars Program at Calvert Hall College High School and is a visiting fellow at the Maryland Public Policy Institute. His email is

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How Ravens’ depth chart is shaping up after free-agent WR makeover

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Even though free agency just began, the Baltimore Ravens have a different look than the team that got booted out of the playoff hunt on a last-minute touchdown in January.

Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, defensive back Lardarius Webb, running back Danny Woodhead and offensive tackle Austin Howard are gone. Wide receivers Ryan Grant and John Brown are now in. And offensive lineman James Hurst and defensive end Brent Urban have returned.

Let’s take at a way-too-soon projection of Baltimore’s depth chart:


Quarterback: Joe Flacco. He returns for his 11th straight season as the Ravens’ starting quarterback. Flacco has to get his game back on track or this could be his final season in Baltimore.

Running back: Alex Collins. He was the Ravens’ biggest surprise last season, going from the practice squad to the NFL’s 11th-leading rusher. If Baltimore drafts a running back early, Collins might have to share the featured role or become a change-of-pace back.

Wide receiver: Grant. He’s the No. 1 receiver by default. This could change if the Ravens can add another receiver like Jordy Nelson. But right now, the ex-Redskins wideout had 45 catches last season, which is the most among any current Baltimore receiver.

Wide receiver: Brown. The Ravens are banking on Brown to be the deep threat for the under-appreciated Mike Wallace. The big question is whether can stay healthy after missing a career-worst six games last season due to quadriceps, back and toe injuries.

Wide receiver: Chris Moore or Breshad Perriman. It would be a surprise if Baltimore didn’t draft a wide receiver in the first two rounds. So, Moore and Perriman are essentially place-holders. Perriman, a former first-round pick, isn’t guaranteed to make the team after three underwhelming and injury-filled years.

Tight end: Nick Boyle. This is a spot where the starter likely isn’t on the team right now. Benjamin Watson is a free agent after leading Baltimore in catches, so finding a pass-catching tight end is a priority. Eric Ebron?

Left tackle: Ronnie Stanley. The Ravens are hopping Stanley takes a big step forward after not making the anticipated improvement last season.

Left guard: Hurst. He was so solid at this position that it earned him $8 million guaranteed on a new deal. It would be a risk to put him back at right tackle.

Center: Matt Skura. This spot can be labeled "too be determined." It’s expected that Ryan Jensen, last year’s starting center, will get a big payday elsewhere (he’s visiting Tampa Bay and then Indianapolis). Skura is a natural center who more than held his own filling in for Marshal Yanda at right guard.

Right guard: Yanda. The six-time Pro Bowl blocker should be ready by training camp at the latest after missing the last 14 games with a broken ankle.

Right tackle: Alex Lewis. This is a projection to replace Howard, whose option wasn’t picked up. The Ravens believe Lewis has Pro Bowl potential as a guard. But, if Baltimore drafts a right tackle, Lewis could go back to left guard or maybe even see how he fares at center.


Defensive tackle: Brandon Williams. The Ravens allowed a league-worst 169.5 yards rushing on average when Williams was sidelined four games with a foot injury.

Defensive end: Urban. He’s an impact player if he can stay healthy — which is big "if" based on history in college and the NFL. The Ravens wanted to see if he could put a full season together like 2016, which is why they brought him back.

Nose tackle: Michael Pierce. He wasn’t as dominant as his rookie season last year, which could give more playing time to the much-improved Willie Henry.

Strong-side linebacker: Matthew Judon. He enjoyed a breakthrough season last year, ranking fourth in the NFL with 17 tackles for loss. Judon is the heir apparent to Terrell Suggs.

Middle linebacker: C.J. Mosley. He’s in line for a big-money extension after making the Pro Bowl three times in his first four seasons.

Weak-side linebacker: Patrick Onwuasor. He’s a high-effort player, but Baltimore will be looking to upgrade at this position this offseason.

Rush linebacker: Suggs. It’s starting to look like a Hall of Fame career for Suggs after an 11-sack season last year.

Right cornerback: Marlon Humphrey. The Ravens are unsure whether Jimmy Smith will be ready for the start of the season after tearing his Achilles last December. That means Humphrey should get a chance to build off an impressive rookie campaign.

Left cornerback: Brandon Carr. The Ravens need the NFL’s most durable defensive back after a season in which every other corner on the team missed time in the preseason or regular season.

Strong safety: Tony Jefferson. Baltimore will look for more game-changing plays from Jefferson, last year’s high-priced free agent who recorded one interception and one forced fumble in 2017.

Free safety: Eric Weddle. He’s the only active safety with at least 900 tackles, 25 interceptions and five sacks.

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Vignarajah sees Southern Maryland as entrepreneurial hub

Krishanti Vignarajah, former policy director for Michelle Obama, is running for the Democratic nomination for governor in part to inspire girls and children of color who may not have seen people who look like them in positions of power and influence.


Krishanti Vignarajah tells voters that she kicked off her campaign for Maryland governor by visiting places that helped shape her life and career as a way to stress the importance of providing similar opportunities for children today — particularly those who do not see people who look like them in influential roles.

Vignarajah kicked off her campaign in front of the basement apartment in Baltimore where she grew up as the daughter of Sri Lankan immigrants who “had no jobs, a couple hundred dollars in their pockets and two very young kids in their arms,” she said recently at a campaign stop at LifeStyles of Maryland Inc. in La Plata, sponsored by the Women of Action Charles County.

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MD Lottery

BALTIMORE _ These Maryland lotteries were drawn Friday:


(JC, 2C, 8C, 3H, 7S)

13-15-22-37-38, Bonus: 29

(thirteen, fifteen, twenty-two, thirty-seven, thirty-eight; Bonus: twenty-nine)

24-28-42-60-64, Mega Ball: 8, Megaplier: 4

(twenty-four, twenty-eight, forty-two, sixty, sixty-four; Mega Ball: eight; Megaplier: four)

Estimated jackpot: $243 million


(seven, two, one)


(five, seven, two)


(seven, four, seven, two)


(two, four, two, three)

Estimated jackpot: $321 million

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