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Baltimore City Council members voted on a plan Monday night that would change the water system in the city.

Under the plan, the city could not cut off water service or put a lien on a property during an appeals process. They’re also looking to offer payment plans, create a discount program for those struggling to pay their bill and establishing a new customer service office specifically for water bill-related issues.

The problems date back far before the ransomware attack; last week, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s office said it had found the Ritz Carlton property in Federal Hill had not had a water bill since a new meter was installed in 2007.

Others said their bills are in the hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

Council vice president Sharon Green Middleton is a key sponsor of the bill.  A final council vote is set for next Monday. If it’s passed, the legislation would go to the mayor’s desk.

Source: CBS Baltimore 

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