Assessment of Baltimore City’s Tax Sale System: Impacts on City Finances, Vacant Properties, and Vulnerable Owner Occupants

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In March 2016, the Center for Community Progress (Community Progress) selected Baltimore City as one of three recipient communities for the Technical Assistance Scholarship Program (TASP). TASP is a competitive merit-based scholarship for communities that are ready to engage in a forward-thinking technical assistance process to address large-scale vacancy and abandonment. The successful application was submitted by Baltimore City’s Department of Finance in partnership with the Baltimore City Tax Sale Work Group (Work Group). The Work Group is a consortium of nonprofit leaders, Baltimore City government officials, State representatives, and foundation executives committed to identifying ways to improve Baltimore City’s tax sale system.