ANNAPOLIS - The Washington County Commissioners' decision to lower the property tax assessment cap "shows the discussions between the commissioners and the delegation were fruitful," the chairman of the county's delegation to the Maryland General Assembly said Wednesday.
Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, said he was "very pleased the county commissioners acted on their own."
The delegation had forced the commissioners' hand by drafting state legislation to force the commissioners to lower the cap from 10 percent to 5 percent.
Based on a promise by the commissioners to lower the cap this week, the delegation last week amended the bill to drop references to the cap altogether and simply allow the county government to issue tax credits until the lower cap is effective in fiscal year 2008.
The House of Delegates approved the amended bill Friday. It is pending in the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.
"We had been hearing from our constituents for over two years about what a burden these assessments had become," Shank said.