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4311 Moravia Road

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February 20, 2011 by Baltimore Slumlord Watch

Property Address:  4311 Moravia Road, Baltimore, MD 21218

Property Owner:  William Thomas Pace and Johnnie Sue Pace, PO Box 7123, Baltimore, MD 21218 / 310 Hamilton Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 21901 / 1 Boymans Court, Baltimore, MD 21206

City Council District and Contact:  District 2, Nicholas D’Adamo, Jr.

Clearly this property is not being used as a primary residence, as reported in the property tax database.

4311 Moravia Road

4311 Moravia Road, side view.

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15 thoughts on “4311 Moravia Road

  1. Paul says:

    You know what kills me about owners claiming Primary Residence on more than one property is that it is trivial for the state to query their database to find owners who are claiming more than one primary residence…

    • slumlordwatch says:

      Not to mention all of the money the state could be collecting from these tax cheats. I wonder how many millions of dollars it would be if they added it up.

      • Rusty Shackleford says:

        I promise you that it’s in the millions. I’ve found one cheat who claimed a $12,000 credit on his waterfront condo in Canton. While $12,000 is on the high end, I’m pretty sure that the 3,000+ homes that I’ve reported as cheats add up to more than $1 million that the city is losing each year. We could hire 20 additional cops per year with that money!

      • slumlordwatch says:

        And that just infuriates me. The City and State, through incompetence or laziness…not sure which…could add millions of dollars to the coffers, and they ignore the problem. It makes NO sense.

  2. Paul says:

    too bad the state isn’t opening up its data like Baltimore City is or we might have a chance at getting easy access to the data and shaming our state government.

  3. Paul says:

    Just answered my own question. The state has contracted out providing access to the data.

    • slumlordwatch says:

      Which is great, but they still need to stay on top of things and collect the right amount of tax money — especially from tax cheats.

  4. Meghan says:

    If you know of someone who is cheating or improperly reporting, you can always send an email to Maryland SDAT. There are people who will investigate it and revise the property bill.

    BALTIMORE CITY
    Hours: 8:00 to 5:00
    (410) 767-8250
    FAX (410) 333-4626
    E-mail: baltcity@dat.state.md.us

    • Meghan says:

      I just got an email back that they will be reviewing the property. Just fyi.

    • Paul says:

      Megan, that’s great citizens can report people who appear to be abusing the homestead tax credit. But honestly the state should be PROACTIVELY stopping these tax cheats.

      • slumlordwatch says:

        The state really does need to be more proactive, as does Baltimore City. It’s not a difficult process to find these people — frankly, if we’re able to do it…why can’t they? When you consider the millions of dollars that are being wasted — especially when these governments are threatening the budgets of police, fire, and education — really? Go after the low-hanging fruit — you have people cheating on their taxes, taking money that could be put to use elsewhere.

  5. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Meghan,

    I actually have a direct contact at SDAT that I work with. If you want go get in touch with him, let Slumlord Watch know, and she can forward your email to me.

  6. Paul says:

    Here’s something interesting that (on the surface) looks like there are definitely people claiming principal residences that are not in fact principal residence.

    According to the 2010 Census results ~50% of Baltimore City residents are home owners. But according the Real Property Tax data available from Baltimore City’s Open Data initiative (http://data.baltimorecity.gov/) ~53% of of properties listed are claimed as Principal Residences. Unfortunately the baltimore City Data does not include ownership information.

    • slumlordwatch says:

      So possibly 3% of these folks are receiving a tax credit they’re not entitled to? Wow, that’s a lot of money, especially when you multiply that across the state.

  7. BMORE says:

    I really hate Baltimore City: property taxes are high and you have crap services, but I am the jackass who bought a house here. I knew what the taxes were but did it anyway. Now that I rent my house out, my property taxes are even higher. I am such a jerk, I am stuck with a house that I can’t sell and have to rent it, becoming a reluctant landlord who now has to buy TaxAct Premier Edition software to figure out her complicated taxes. I ask Jesus, Allah, whoever to please fix the housing market soon so that I may be done with Baltimore and its ridiculous property taxes. Thank you.

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