Backed by Big Bucks, Measures to Slash Taxes and Shrink the City Council Draw Opposition

Elected officials, labor leaders and progressive activists have kicked off a campaign aimed at defeating two proposed measures headed for the ballot in November – one to cut Baltimore’s property tax rate and another to reduce the size of the City Council.

Passage, they argue, would mean disastrous cuts to city services and constituent assistance, disproportionately impacting Baltimore’s Black and low-income residents.

“Which essential services do you not want anymore? Do you not want your roads? Do you not want fire? Do you not want police? Do you not want DPW,” asked Councilman Zeke Cohen, who is set to become the next City Council president after his Democratic primary win last month.