Your article "Distorted discount" (Dec. 18) suggests getting rid of the homestead property tax credit. Eliminating the property tax credit could reduce Baltimore City's property tax rate by 13 percent and provide the uniform taxation of all property owners required by the state constitution. But it would do so only at the risk of driving many long-time city residents from their homes.
Far better would be a "One State, One Rate" property tax policy such as the one I have proposed. Property taxes for the whole state would go into a single, statewide fund to be distributed to the city and counties based on their percentage of Maryland's population.