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Carmen Starks, 64, was erroneously charged $8.61 in interest on her property tax bill because of a delay at the D.C. tax office in processing her payment. The interest charge forced her into a court battle to save her home on V Street NW. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)

Back in September, a Washington Post investigation uncovered how the District’s aggressive system of selling off property tax debts had cause some city residents to lose their homes over piddling tax bills. Reform ensued, and the results are stark. The Washington Business Journal’s Michael Neibauer reports that many fewer properties were offered at the city’s annual tax sale this year — 752, vs. roughly 2,000 last year. While that means homeowners who owe the city small tax debts are no longer in danger of losing their homes, it also means the city took in millions less in back taxes — a fact that likely won’t cause too many tears to be shed.

In other news:

Allen Lew plays matchmaker for Akridge, tries to find hotel or office uses for Reeves Center to quell community (DiggerWAMU-FMBlack and Red United)

Activists pay Andy Harris a visit, ask him to tend to vacant houses and potholes (PostPost columnRoll CallWJLA-TVWAMU-FMCity DeskDCistGannettUS News)

There, Adam Eidinger “raises the specter of armed revolt” (HuffPo)

Senate appropriations bill, which is unlikely to pass, includes D.C. budget and legislative autonomy (AP)

Delegate hopeful Tim Krepp tells Rep. Thomas Massie’s constituents why messing with D.C. is bad (Enquirer)

Superior Court judge rules government business on private e-mail accounts is still subject to FOIA (Loose Lips)

D.C. Council tab for this year’s Las Vegas retail convention trip reaches $14,000 (WaTimes)

One week into decriminalization, cops have written five pot possession tickets (PostAP)

Rookie firefighter saves 84-year-old woman’s life in Sunday blaze (WRC-TV)

D.C. man accused of raping 14-year-old girl previously assaulted 13-year-old in 2001 (WJLA-TV)

Emily Miller gets parking tickets, takes aim at The System (WTTG-TV)

CAPCS is still paying management company even after lawsuit, city says (Post)

Five teams step up for St. Elizabeths East redevelopment, but few big names among them (WBJHousing Complex)

With no partner in sight, United Medical Center board starts looking for new CEO (WBJ)

City pays $5,500 to settle with cab driver who sued after Taxi Commission required him to submit written testimony (DCist)

“The Pyramid of Congressional Mischief” (City Desk)

HPRB green-lights Bible Museum (UrbanTurf)

Columnist: U Street ANC’s failure to muster a quorum undermines the whole ANC system (Blade column)

The original Marion Barry-themed beer is resurrected (Young & Hungry)

D.C.-area housing really isn’t that great of an investment (Housing Complex)

Prince George’s jury hangs in trial of D.C. cop accused of killing wife (Post)

Fred Davis turns himself in on domestic violence warrant (Post)

The Green Line that could have been (GGW)

The Silver Line in song (Express)

Mark Ein just wants to build a nice little garage (Post)

LivingSocial is losing less money (Capital Business)

Deanwood, land of the $360,000 five-bedroom (Post Real Estate)

More on halting first steps of transportation cooperation between D.C. and MoCo (GGW)

David Catania is on today’s Politics Hour (WAMU-FM)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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Mike DeBonis · July 24