BALTIMORE - Following a weekly Board of Estimates meeting, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said a call for audits will not solve ongoing issues with the city’s tax calculation.
The mayor argued that though her administration has made improvements, there is still much more work to be done.
“An audit of a broken system will not tell the taxpayers anything that they don't already know,” she said. “But an audit of an improved, reformed system like the one we are putting in place will validate that our reforms are helping to reduce errors and recoup revenue for the city.”
“This administration has worked diligently to proactively identify errors where others had kicked the can down the road," she said.
Mayor Rawlings-Blake said many of the errors her team has been working to resolve date back 10 years – before she was elected mayor. This year, her team has identified more than 1,300 errors and recouped $15 million.
The mayor noted that calls for audits in some cases were backed by thought that an audit would inspire public confidence. She said she questions that thought.
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