Enlarge this imageThe Baltimore Orioles’ park at Camden Yards was mistakenly included in a very tax sale, city officers say.Patrick Smith/Getty Imageshide captiontoggle captionPatrick Smith/Getty ImagesThe Baltimore Orioles’ park at Camden Yards was mistakenly incorporated in a very tax sale, town officers say.Patrick Smith/Getty ImagesA computer system mistake is remaining blamed for placing Baltimore’s baseball and NFL stadium into a tax sale queue, the town claims. The unusual situation could have exposed Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium to po siblehttps://www.anaheimside.com/los-angeles-angels-of-anaheim/huston-street-jersey foreclosure from winners of a tax sale of le s than $70,000 in debt. The stadiums, each of which is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, were ensnared by Baltimore’s rule that puts owner-occupied properties into the tax sale if a delinquent account holder owes town at least $750. While the odd situation set off a series of what-if questions about how close the stadiums might have come to facing foreclosure, it also renewed talk in Baltimore about the wider impact of tax sales on regular citizens and the need to improve the system. “I have an awful lot of elderly ladies who have the same i sues as the stadium authority,” Town Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke tells The Baltimore Sun. Councilman Ryan Dorsey pointed out another i sue with the system, saying he’s getting reports from high-rise buildings that say they’re not receiving costs from the city’s Department of Public Works.The stadiums’ debt had accrued amid a breakdown in communication between Baltimore’s utility agency and the Maryland Stadium Authority, the Sun reports. The stadium authority states it wasn’t given a recent bill for h2o and sewer use; there have also been reports that the authority had disputed earlier expenditures. It seems a separate mistake then placed the two stadiums into the tax sale. “Properties owned by the Maryland Stadium Authority are exempt from the town tax sale proce s,” the Department of Public Works said inside a statement cited by the Sun. ” https://www.anaheimside.com/los-angeles-angels-of-anaheim/justin-upton-jersey The properties went to tax sale due to a laptop or computer coding mistake.” The mistake evidently went unnoticed until Baltimore held its annual tax sale this month. The winning bidders will be reimbursed, the Sun reports. According to the city’s website, a property is normally sent to the tax sale only after owners have failed to respond to two warnings. In Baltimore’s lien auction system, a winning bidder “receives a tax sale certificate from town which gives the bidder the right to obtain ownershipGarrett Richards Jersey of the property by filing a tax sale foreclosure lawsuit,” the town states. The system also allows owners to redeem the property by reimbursing the bidder although fees and other costs can be added to the original amount. In the 2015 story about Baltimore’s tax sale, member station WYPR reported that more than 2,800 tax sale cases were filed in one recent year. In addition to complete transfers of property, the system is blamed for creating “zombie properties” that exist in a very legal limbo in which lien purchasers file and win foreclosures but the deeds remain in the original holders’ hands. NPR has sought comment from the agencies involved and will update this post with any response.
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