Com­mis­sion­ers have not made a de­ci­sion on tax rate

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

On Fri­day, April 1, the county pub­lished a pub­lic no­tice about real prop­erty taxes in the Mary­land In­de­pen­dent. State law re­quires us to pub­lish this no­tice ev­ery year at a manda­tory size and with spe­cific lan­guage, although this lan­guage can be some­what con­fus­ing.

To clar­ify, the pur­pose of the no­tice is to in­form you about im­pacts to real prop­erty taxes based on whether the Com­mis­sion­ers vote to lower or raise the real prop­erty tax rate, or to keep it the same as the pre­vi­ous fis­cal year. For the past two fis­cal years in a row, the com­mis­sion­ers voted against rais­ing the real prop- erty tax rate.

It is im­por­tant to un­der­stand we have not yet made a de­ci­sion on the real prop­erty tax rate for fis­cal year 2017. We are sched­uled to make that de­ci­sion on Tues­day, May 3, as part of the en­tire fis­cal year 2017 bud­get adop­tion process. Prior to the com­mis­sion­ers’ vote, there will be a pub­lic hear­ing on Tues­day, April 19, at 7 p.m. for all per­sons in­ter­ested in speak­ing to the Com­mis­sion­ers about this topic and other bud­get mat­ters.

Peter F. Mur­phy (D), La Plata The writer is the pres­i­dent of the Charles County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers.

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