Mayor Catherine Pugh says Baltimore’s water billing system is a problem and promises a complete examination of it. City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young says he is “sick and tired of seeing people lose their homes to tax sale for small water bills.” The head of the Department of Public Works says he expects new technology to greatly diminish the problems of erroneous water bills — within a year. Yet 1,000 properties went to tax sale last month over unpaid water bills, far more than in recent years, leaving property owners across the city at risk of losing their homes, churches or businesses if they can’t come up with not only what they owe but additional fees and interest the law allows investors to assess.
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