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October 22, 2012
Columbia Association wants legislation passed that will reclassify itself as a nonprofit community services corporation and remove all of its lien-payers from the protection of all Homeowners Association laws. CA recognizes only the 10 members of the Columbia Council as members of CA, excluding 100,000 residents on 37,000 lien-paying residential and commercial properties. The president of CA is not elected by lien-payers. My guess is that CA is probably the largest organization in the country where people are forced to pay an annual fee, are not considered members and can't vote for their executive.
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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | September 8, 2014
A run-down uninhabited house at 506 Locksley Road that has been the subject of complaints for the last two years from West Towson neighbors has been sold, County Councilman Marks said. "We're happy to get this resolved," said Marks, who represents Towson. "It's been an eyesore. The county worked very, very hard on this. " Marks said the winning bidder was a builder with plans to raze the structure. The auction company, A.J. Billig & Co., confirmed the sale but would not identify the buyer.
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February 4, 2013
Key to the Columbia Association's wholesale revision of its "People's Plan" for Symphony Woods - i.e., the plan developed collaboratively by renowned architects, residents and CA Board and staff   - is a proposed "Symphony Woods Trust. " At CA's meeting on Jan. 31, I was surprised to learn that this entity would not actually be a "Trust. "  Rather, it would be a non-stock corporation, which will apply for IRS designation as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. In 1984, CA's application to the IRS for 501(c)
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
Nearly two months after People's Community Health Centers shut the doors to five low-income health clinics in Baltimore city and Anne Arundel County, a federal agency confirmed it is no longer providing critical grant money to the nonprofit group. People's had received $2.4 million a year from the Health Services Resources Administration to treat uninsured patients - its largest source of revenue. That loss comes as the organization faces a new federal tax lien nearly that doubled the amount it owes the Internal Revenue Service and mounting claims from employees seeking back pay. Yet Andrew Sindler, attorney for People's, said Monday the nonprofit hopes to pay off or settle its debts and has "some new opportunities in the works to revive the organization" under a new name and with new investors, though he declined to offer details.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,tricia.bishop@baltsun.com | July 7, 2009
Federal prosecutors are looking for what could be hundreds of victims in an alleged scheme to rig bids at Maryland tax lien auctions, according to court filings. They've already identified two dozen corporate and municipal victims - including the city of Baltimore, and Anne Arundel, Prince George's and Baltimore counties. And they believe there could be many more injured individuals, people who lost their liened property to the defendants: Harvey M. Nusbaum and Jack W. Stollof. The men, both in their 70s, were indicted last month on one count apiece of violating the Sherman Act. From 2002 through 2007, the indictment alleges, they conspired to stifle competition in the tax lien bidding process, guaranteeing that they won a disproportionate number of liens, which allowed them to charge property owners large fees or to take their holdings if they couldn't pay. An FBI surveillance team allegedly saw the men meeting in Baltimore County shortly before dropping off bid envelopes in Montgomery County and using signals to communicate during another auction, according to an affidavit.
BUSINESS
January 22, 1995
Q: I'm a home improvement contractor. Could you please explain Maryland's mechanic's lien law and how it affects remodeling work and home improvements?Rod Stroup,Loch Raven VillageA: A mechanic's lien is a claim against the property or RTC homeowner for work performed or materials furnished for or about the home. Maryland enacted the first mechanic's lien law in the United States in 1791. Interestingly, it was enacted to encourage building in and construction of the District of Columbia.Maryland's mechanic's lien law has a long history of legislative revision and judicial interpretation culminating in the complete overhaul and restating of the law in Maryland in 1976.
BUSINESS
September 12, 1999
Dear Mr. Azrael:Entity-wise, can a levy be placed on real property in a living trust name if a court order is directed at the trustee's personal name and not under his name as trustee? Can you cite the applicable Maryland rule? M. Baratta, BaltimoreDear Mr. Baratta:Many laypersons -- and even some lawyers -- are confused by terms such as "levy" or "lien" on real property.A "lien" means a charge or liability binding on property for the payment of a debt or legal obligation.Creditors usually prefer to have their debts secured by a "lien" on the debtor's property.
BUSINESS
By Timothy J. Mullaney | August 30, 1991
The Internal Revenue Service has hit the publisher of the Afro-American newspaper with a tax lien of more than $245,000, contending that John J. Oliver Jr. is liable for back withholding taxes and Social Security tax deducted from workers' paychecks but not passed on to the government.The IRS filed the lien in Baltimore Circuit Court Aug. 16, following up on three liens it had filed against the paper's parent company in 1988 and 1989. Domenic J. LaPonzina, an IRS spokesman, said he couldn't discuss specific taxpayers, but added that the law allows the IRS to try to collect delinquent taxes from personalassets of corporate officials responsible for paying a company's tax bills.
NEWS
By Norris P. West and Norris P. West,Sun Staff Writer | March 18, 1995
A Nation of Islam-affiliated security company that patrols high-rise public housing developments in Baltimore has not paid $58,846 in income taxes withheld from employees, the Internal Revenue Service says.The IRS has filed a federal tax lien against NOI Security Control Services Inc., saying the company did not pay withholding taxes for three quarterly reporting periods betweem Sept. 30, 1993 and March 31, 1994.The lien was filed in Baltimore Circuit Court Feb. 22. NOI Security can appeal the action.
BUSINESS
By Copley News Service | July 26, 1992
An increasing number of homeowners are facing the risk of losing their homes because of a problem they didn't know existed.The recording of a piece of paper called a mechanic's lien can create a serious title problem and can lead to foreclosure of the property.Here's an example:"Now you can buy the ultimate water treatment device for your home. It will extend your life and prevent deadly diseases. It can be purchased for the bargain price of just $7,000."This was the pitch promoting a water filtering and softening device, by a California company, said Greg Brose, supervisor of consumer protection for a district attorney's office.
NEWS
By Robin Jacobs | July 9, 2014
Baltimore City auctioned off more than $20 million worth of tax, water and other liens this spring in an online auction. These liens are tied to almost 7,000 properties, assessed at a total of more than $720 million. But while the tax sale system provides local government with badly-needed funds up front, it short-changes our communities. The complexities of the tax sale system mean that only those with sophistication and wealth can bid (this year's top four bidders in Baltimore City bought nearly 60 percent of the certificates)
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2014
Officials at People's Community Health Centers said Friday they remains committed to opening a health center in Severn, despite Anne Arundel County holding back funding after learning of an IRS judgement against the nonprofit. Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman said Thursday the county was ending two grants promised to People's related to a planned health and community center after discovering financial problems. According to Neuman, People's owes $463,925.65 in a federal judgment.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2014
The former Baltimore journalist Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan is a fashionista who doubtless looks pulled-together even when she's sick in bed, a woman with a taste for Narciso Rodriguez gowns and Manolo Blahnik shoes. She also delights in fine food and wine - even if she is slender as a model, and even though she adopted a guise of determined ineptitude in her first book, "A Tiger in the Kitchen," which describes her attempts to learn to prepare the dishes of her native Singapore. But Cheryl Tan, noir connoisseur?
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
The city will conduct its annual tax sale this month in an effort to boost tax rolls, but some critics say it's a quick fix that contributes to one of Baltimore's most entrenched problems - vacant properties. City officials scheduled about 10,000 tax liens to go to auction this year. That's a small fraction of the 240,000 properties that owed money on property taxes or other city bills as of July 1, and less than half of the roughly 23,800 listed in advertisements in March. Those properties represented about $125 million in unpaid bills.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
The state comptroller's office says Baltimore-based Constellation Energy owes more than $2.5 million in back taxes, interest and penalties. The comptroller's office filed a lien in December for money it says the energy company owes for the 2006 and 2008 tax years. Most of the amount is interest - the taxes claimed come to just under $440,000. "It hasn't been paid, and this is part of our normal process, to file a lien," said Christine Feldmann, a spokeswoman for the comptroller's office.
BUSINESS
Jamie Smith Hopkins | October 4, 2013
CitiMortgage says its local borrowers should come to Towson on Tuesday if they're having trouble keeping up with their loan payments or face foreclosure. The company is holding a foreclosure-prevention event at the Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel at 903 Dulaney Valley Rd. from noon to 7 p.m. on Oct. 8. The free event will include one-on-one time with mortgage-assistance specialists. Homeowners can sign up at events.citimortgage.com , but you don't have to pre-register. Those who need help but can't attend should call 866-915-9417, Citi says.
BUSINESS
By MICHAEL GISRIEL | April 28, 1996
Dear Mr. Gisriel: If a creditor wins a judgment against the owner of a property, but I have a contract to buy the property, will the judgment affect my purchase?Ed CoyleParktonDear Mr. Coyle: The quick answer is you can go ahead and buy the property; once you have a contract on a house that is free of liens, you have a right to buy the property, even if liens are placed on the property before the deal goes to settlement.But first a little lesson on title."Legal title" -- in ordinary parlance, this is called ownership -- is obtained for a house or piece of property only when a properly executed and notarized deed is recorded in the public land records in the county or political subdivision where the house or property is located.
BUSINESS
By Timothy J. Mullaney | March 13, 1991
Liens on about 14,000 Baltimore properties could be put up for auction if their owners don't pay their debts to the city, according to a list published in yesterday's editions of The Sun.The number of properties on the list is up about 15 percent from last year. But the reason for the increase is a tightening of the city's rules, not recession-strapped consumers being too short of cash to pay their taxes, said Tov Grande, Baltimore's assistant city collector.The auction is scheduled for May 13 and 14 and will affect properties whose owners don't pay back taxes, water bills or other city charges by May 8, city Finance Director William R. Brown Jr. said.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2013
Add the Internal Revenue Service to the list of Berger cookies' woes. The IRS filed a notice of a nearly $109,000 tax lien against DeBaufre Bakeries - which makes the Baltimore treat - with the Baltimore City Circuit Court in February. Most of that amount was due in 2010, with smaller amounts due in 2009 and 2011, according to the court document. The IRS also filed notices of an approximately $14,000 lien in September and a lien of about $26,000 in October, for tax periods in 2006, 2011 and 2012.
EXPLORE
February 4, 2013
Key to the Columbia Association's wholesale revision of its "People's Plan" for Symphony Woods - i.e., the plan developed collaboratively by renowned architects, residents and CA Board and staff   - is a proposed "Symphony Woods Trust. " At CA's meeting on Jan. 31, I was surprised to learn that this entity would not actually be a "Trust. "  Rather, it would be a non-stock corporation, which will apply for IRS designation as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. In 1984, CA's application to the IRS for 501(c)
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