Businesses threaten to withhold taxes amid violence
BALTIMORE (AP) — More than three dozen business owners in Fells Point are threatening to withhold tax and permit payments if Baltimore officials don’t restore “basic and essential municipal services.”
News outlets report that in a letter to officials including the mayor and council president, the group complains about illegal alcohol and drug sales, trash pickup, public drinking, parking enforcement and other problems.
The demands come days after three people were shot Sunday in the neighborhood known for its vibrant nightlife.
If the city doesn’t respond, business owners say they’ll withhold tax and permit payments and put them into an escrow account.
A spokesman says the mayor shares their frustrations and has ordered police, public works and transportation officials to address the issues.
Business Owners in Fells Point, who have demanded action after three people were shot in the historic area, may get some answers today. The Mayor's Office of Neighborhoods will be hosting a virtual town hall and promises to outline a plan of action. Details on @FOXBaltimore pic.twitter.com/sX1Nzq69iV— Elijah Westbrook (@elijahwestbrook) June 10, 2021
Fells Point businesses say they've complained to city hall about growing problems in the area, but their complaints fell on deaf ears. In a letter to the Mayor, some business owners are threatening to withhold taxes & fees until the city restores essential services. @FOXBaltimore pic.twitter.com/1jsXLwgnin— Elijah Westbrook (@elijahwestbrook) June 9, 2021