Welcome to Hotel O'Malley, Taxpayers Can Never Leave
$65.1 million! That’s how much the Baltimore City owned Hilton Hotel has lost since opening in 2008.
Governor Martin O’Malley, then Mayor of Baltimore, pushed through the construction of the Baltimore Hilton as part of the Baltimore Convention Center project.
This taxpayer funded boondoggle must be one of Gov. O’Malley’s “better choices” he likes to brag about!
— Martin O’Malley (@GovernorOMalley) April 8, 2013
But just like the Eagles song, taxpayers cannot leave Hotel O’Malley and instead are facing tax hikes to close the City’s budget deficit. The $65 million in losses, not to mention the money spent to build the hotel, could have gone a long way to close Baltimore’s budget deficit.
Why would anyone take over a hotel that loses millions every year and pay outrageous taxes on it? The bottom line is Gov. O’Malley pushed through a monument to himself at the expense of families who are living paycheck to paycheck.
Some better choice this turned out to be!