UPDATED: I recently became aware of a rumor that is circulating about a tax rebate to Rodgers Forge property owners. The rumor that is going around in Rodgers Forge is that Delegate Bill Frank, John Fiastro and I are planning to introduce a bill in the next legislative session to propose a 10-12% property tax rebate to Rodgers Forge property owners who rent to Towson University students. The supposed object of which is to help relieve the lack of campus housing available to TU students.
I do not support a tax rebate for Rodgers Forge property owners who might rent to Towson University students. The “rumor” is not truthful or accurate and I will not support such an initiative.
If you have any further questions please contact me.
Very truly yours,
Delegate Susan L.M. Aumann
District 42 - Baltimore County
I received a comment from a reader who said Aumann wasn't clear on if an initiative like this exists and wondering if other lawmakers were considering such a thing. I wrote to Del. Steve Lafferty and Del. Bill Frank to ask. They both responded right away and here's what they said:
Kris - I had not heard of this issue before today. No such proposal was previously submitted in the legislature during the past 4 years.
It is an absurd suggestion to provide a tax credit that would encourage residents to rent to TU students when so many in the Forge and other communities are having problems with students.
Del. Steve Lafferty
I want to immediately respond to your question. I am completely opposed to a property tax break for Rodgers Forge homeowners who rent their properties to TU students. It is such a preposterous idea that I would be very curious to find out who started this rumor.
My family and I lived in Rodgers Forge from 1985 to 1998 at 433 Old Trail. We are well aware of the issues involved in rental properties and the frequent problems associated with them. The last thing I would ever encourage is providing a tax or economic incentive to boost the number of rental properties, especially to college students.
The real issue here is who started this rumor. With the campaign season in full swing, I certainly hope this is not the kind of thing we can expect again. It's very disappointing, but I'm grateful to the good folks in Rodgers Forge who tracked down the rumor and allowed us an opportunity to respond.
Delegate Bill Frank
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