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After 7 to 7 Vote, Baltimore Bottle Tax Fails
June 18, 2010, 9:31 am
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After 7 to 7 Vote, Baltimore Bottle Tax Fails

From WBAL TV (excerpts)- –

Baltimore City Council members failed to pass a controversial bottle tax during an emergency council meeting on Thursday, with the vote ending in a 7-7 tie. While the bill failed, it’s not dead yet, officials said. Supporters can try to tweak and fast-track it for Monday’s City Council meeting, but in order for it to pass, officials said it must have full support of the council.

Council President Jack Young abstained from voting because he said he has a cousin in the beverage industry.

The council members who said no to the bill were James Kraft, Nicholas D’Adamo Jr., Bill Henry, Belinda Conoway, Helen Holton, Agnes Welch and Warren Branch. Those who voted for the bill were Rochelle Spector, Sharon Green Middleton, Bob Curran, Edward Reisinger, Bill Cole, Carl Stokes and Mary Pat Clarke.

The mayor’s office told 11 News after the vote that the following services would be significantly reduced in 2011 because of the bill’s failure: graffiti removal, waterway maintenance (trash removal) and street sweeping. The office also said weekend corner trash collection, business district cleaning and the boarding and cleaning of vacant properties would all go away.

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Aargh. So sad that the cleanliness and overall health of our city is being punished so that the beverage industry can make $$ (and that’s money that is leaving our city and contributing to higher health costs). Please, City Council, do the right thing!

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