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Bill to give some veterans property tax credit introduced by Baltimore City Council

Continuing coverage: Veterans issues
Posted at 12:18 PM, Jan 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-30 12:18:44-05

BALTIMORE — A bill to give some veterans a discount on their property taxes was introduced by the Baltimore City Council on Monday.

The bill would give veterans over the age of 65 or their spouses a 20 percent abatement off their property tax credit.

City council member, Eric Costello is one of the sponsors of the bill and said, "I think it's critically important when we think about who we should be taking of. Veterans is a group that comes to mind first and foremost."

This bill was able to be introduced in the city thanks to legislation passed in Annapolis.

The city council bill passed through first reader on Monday and is now being discussed in committee. The majority of the City Council Members are listed as sponsors for the bill.

Other jurisdictions have enacted laws providing some property tax exemptions for veterans in Maryland.

According to Maryland's Department of Veteran Affairs, in Anne Arundel County, a 15 percent County tax credit is available for veterans 65 or older. Click here for a link to the tax credit application.

In Baltimore County, the home of a disabled veteran or surviving spouse of a disabled veteran is exempt from all Baltimore County real property tax obligations.

Harford County provides a 20 percent tax credit for up to 5 years for veterans who are over 65 years of ago or a surviving spouse of a veterans over the age of 65. Howard County has a similar law in place.

To find out if you're eligible for any property tax credits click here.