Dam­aged prop­er­ties may qual­ify for tax re­lief

Record Observer - - Religion -

AN­NAPO­LIS — The Mary­land State Depart­ment of Assess­ments and Tax­a­tion is en­cour­ag­ing Queen Anne’s County res­i­dents whose real prop­erty was dam­aged by Mon­day’s se­vere weather to con­tact the depart­ment, as they may qual­ify to have their prop­erty assess­ments re­duced. Call 410 819-4160 for more in­for­ma­tion. Ap­pli­ca­tions can also be mailed to the lo­cal of­fice at 120 Broad­way, Suite 7, Cen­tre­ville, MD 21617.

In the com­ing weeks, SDAT’s as­ses­sors will also be­gin vis­it­ing ar­eas im­pacted by the se­vere weather to lo­cate and iden­tify dam­aged prop­erty. When a de­crease in value is con­firmed by an as­ses­sor — ei­ther from an ex­te­rior in­spec­tion or from a res­i­dent sub­mit­ting an ap­pli­ca­tion — the new real prop­erty as­sess­ment will be sent to Queen Anne’s County’s Fi­nance Of­fice and a new tax bill may be is­sued. If a prop­erty owner has al­ready paid their tax bill, a pro­rated abate­ment will be is­sued. If the ex­tent of dam­age is not clear from an ex­te­rior in­spec­tion, the ap­pli­ca­tion will be de­liv­ered to the prop­erty owner for them to com­plete and send back.

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