Mayor Pugh Orders Halt to Tax Sales for Baltimore Homeowners With Unpaid Water Bills

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh pledged Wednesday that city homeowners no longer have to fear losing their homes over just an unpaid water bill.

Citing concerns about water affordability and irregular charges, Pugh told reporters gathered at City Hall that she has ordered city agencies to halt tax sales of debt from water bills at owner-occupied homes. This year, about 1,000 homeowners faced tax sale at the May auction for unpaid water bills.