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Reassessment notices in the mail

December 29, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

WASHINGTON COUNTY - Property reassessments were mailed Friday to about 728,185 property owners statewide, according to the Maryland Department of Assessments & Taxation.

In Washington County, about 18,000, or roughly one-third, of the county's residential properties were reassessed this year, said Tim O'Rourke, supervisor of assessments for Washington County for the Maryland Department of Assessments & Taxation.

Of those properties, about 12,000 qualified for a 5 percent cap on property assessments that the Washington County Commissioners recently passed to make taxes more affordable, O'Rourke said.

The cap only is available to residential properties that are occupied by the owner, O'Rourke said. Property owners must apply before 2012 to receive the cap.

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The cap took effect last year.

In some cases, property assessments in the county increased more than 5 percent, O'Rourke said. The cap ensures homeowners won't pay more than that.

Maryland Department of Assessments & Taxation documents show property assessments increased about 13.4 percent in Washington County before the 5 percent cap was imposed.

State law now mandates that all taxable-assessment increases for owner-occupied homes cannot increase by more than 10 percent per year, according to documents. It is up to each county government to set the rate.

In Anne Arundel County, for example, the rate is 2 percent, according to documents. The rate is 9 percent in Harford County.

On the Web

To learn more about property tax reassessments, go to www.dat.state.md.us

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