Tax Credit for First Responders
When or will local governments give first responders a property tax credit?
A law passed in 2017 and approved by Governor Hogan authorizing the governing bodies of a county or municipal corporation to grant, by law, a specified property tax credit against the county or municipal corporation property tax imposed on a specified dwelling that is owned by a specified public safety officer under specified circumstances; providing that the credit may not exceed $2,500 per dwelling and the amount of property tax imposed on the dwelling; etc.
Property Tax Credit – The law states that Public Safety Officers for the purpose of authorizing the governing body of a county or municipal corporation to grant, by law, a certain property tax credit against the county or municipal corporation property tax imposed on a certain dwelling that is owned by a certain public safety officer under certain circumstances; providing that the credit may not exceed a certain amount per dwelling and the amount of property tax imposed on the dwelling; requiring the State Department of Assessments and Taxation to be responsible for certain administrative duties relating to the credit; requiring a county or municipal corporation to reimburse the Department for certain administrative costs; authorizing the governing body of a county or municipal corporation to provide, by law, for certain matters relating to the tax credit; defining certain terms; providing for the application of this Act; and generally relating to a property tax credit for certain public safety officers. By adding to Article – Tax – Property Section 9–259 Annotated Code of Maryland (2012 Replacement Volume and 2016 Supplement)
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Sr/Tpr Gary Baker, President of the Maryland Troopers Association Lodge 88, contacted both the Town of Keedysville and Washington County to inquire if they will be honoring the property tax credit Governor Hogan authorized as part of last year’s session under HB0979. As part of the bill, it authorizes municipalities and County governments to provide a property tax credit of up 2,500 dollars for first responders residing in their areas. Neither the Town of Keedysville nor Washington County were aware of this bill. However, Keedysville advised they have added it to their agenda for their next meeting.
Sr/Tpr Baker feels this is something his membership should pursue further and plans on attending the next county commissioner meeting to make a formal request. He is also encouraging his group to contact their local government representatives and ask them about their position on implementing this law. Baker thinks this issue would be an excellent thing for his MTA Lodge 88 to spearhead.
Sr/Tpr Baker is to be commended for bringing this issue to light. Please let your local elected government officials know that you support this new law. Please contact your County, City or Town’s elected officials and express your support for implementing this tax credit. Our first responders. deserve it and have earned your support with their service. As it stands each County, City and Town have to pass local guidelines for their respective jurisdictions.
I’ll keep you posted as things develop on this tax break.