Baltimore businesses threatening to withhold tax payments amid violence, ‘lawlessness’

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More than three dozen businesses in Baltimore’s Fells Point are threatening to withhold tax and permit payments amid “chaos and lawlessness” that they say has been “going on for far too long,” according to local reports.

The coalition of 37 businesses sent a letter Tuesday to officials, including the mayor, council president, police commissioner and state’s attorney, complaining about illegal alcohol and drug sales, public drinking, poor trash pickup and parking enforcement, and other problems, according to several local reports. 

They are calling for Baltimore officials to restore “basic and essential municipal services.”

“[W]e are fed up and frustrated, and we now realize that nothing will change unless we demand action,” the letter states, according to local affiliate FOX Baltimore. 


The demands come days after three people were shot June 6 in the…

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