Commissioners have not made a decision on tax rate
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.