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Pri. Geo. Tax Bill: On its Way to Official Death

Rosalind Helderman

A subcommittee of the Prince George's House Delegation voted 4 to 0 this morning to recommend killing an unpopular bill that would result in higher property taxes.

They took the vote even though County Executive Jack B. Johnson, with whom the bill had originated, had already said he was no longer pushing the legislation.

The bill would have raised the cap on the homestead property tax credit from 5 to 10 percent. But Johnson has recently been saying he believes the county's severe budget woes can be solved in other ways, including through a measure to divert $60 million in surplus Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

Johnson had resisted efforts to kill the bill outright, however, arguing he wanted to have the measure available in case budget numbers worsen.

But Del. Justin D. Ross (D-Prince George's), who chairs the subcommittee, said he believed citizens "deserved a response to their involvement with this issue" through a vote.

"There was no need for the bill to be sitting around any longer," he said. "There was no chance it would have passed the delegation, so we killed it."

The measure will be considered by the full House delegation now but it is quite rare for larger group to reject the recommendation of a subcommittee.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  March 5, 2009; 3:08 PM ET
Categories:  General Assembly , Prince George's County , Rosalind Helderman  
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