Swimming Pool Drifts Away From Homeowner

When is your swimming pool not actually your swimming pool? When it becomes the centerpiece of a confusing tax bill dispute between a homeowner and a city.

Sarita Murray, a Baltimore homeowner, says she's the victim of city workers who are unwilling to admit they made a mistake. The city says she failed to pay a property tax bill. Now a company has a tax lien on the property and her pool's gate is padlocked with a no trespassing sign.

"This has been devastating," says Murray, who bought the 1,295-square-foot house and the adjoining property for $90,000 in January 1996 and says she has canceled checks, as well as paperwork from the mortgage lender and the title company that handled her refinance to prove her property taxes were all paid up.

She says all she wants is for her two young children to once again enjoy the $25,000 swimming pool she put in for them in the vacant lot she owned adjacent to her 1929-built 3-bedroom, 2-bath home. The pool was built in 2005; Murray's dispute with the city began in 2007.