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Baltimore Mayor claims he lived in two homes full time, amid tax credit questions

Posted at 4:06 PM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 17:21:31-05

BALTIMORE — The home in question is on East Madison Street, but he also has a second home just blocks away on North Central Avenue.

Mayor Jack Young says he resided at both.

"Sir look, I was living in both my homes okay. And they are right around the corner. I have the ability as a homeowner to live in both of my homes."

But like anyone else, Young can only claim one home as a primary residence in order to qualify for a homestead tax credit which limits the increase of property tax hikes after an assessment.

In 2019, Young's Madison Street address qualified and received more than a $1000 credit, but he admits it's no longer his primary home.

That home is now occupied by Young's daughter.

"I mean, I did anything any father or any parent would do for their daughter and, I am changing and getting everything fixed."

When pressed why as City Council President he didn't know to file the proper paperwork Young replied," Number one, like I said I was living in both of my houses so it was my primary residence."

Young says he moved to the Central Avenue home early this year when his daughter got married and moved into the home on Madison Street, but he was still payed a tax credit for that home.

He has since announced he would refund the City for that money but says previous years of the tax credit were legitimate because he split time between both houses.

After he moved, Young's staff claims he was too busy assuming his new role as mayor to deal with it and file the right forms.

When the point was brought up that every other citizen in the city is expected to file that paperwork when they move, Young's spokesman said, "That's a good question and I think he has answered that by saying he accepts full responsibility. He should have. He should have done the paperwork."