Monday, December 17, 2012

Maryland homeowners: Make sure you've applied for the homestead tax credit

I posted this in November but am re-posting in case anyone missed it ...

My neighbor works for a firm that does title work and she just gave me a heads up that many Marylanders -- including many in Rodgers Forge -- have not applied for the Homestead Tax Credit. This is a credit that used to be given automatically but a 2007 law changed the process and now you must apply for it and if you don't, you could lose a lot of money. The credit limits the amount by which taxes on your assessment can rise. (Once you've applied you don't have to do so again.)

The deadline to apply is December 31, 2012.

Here's some info from the state Department of Assessments and Taxation:

What is the law that requires homeowners to apply for the Homestead Tax Credit?  
Legislation enacted by the 2007 session of the General Assembly requires homeowners to submit a one-time application in order to continue their eligibility for the homestead tax credit.  The homestead credit limits the amount of assessment increase on which a homeowner will pay property taxes in that tax year on the one property actually used as the owner’s principal residence.

Why should I want to submit the application?
Because of assessment increases and because of the low assessment caps adopted by the county governments, many homeowners in the State have been receiving substantial homestead credits each year on their property tax bills.

How do I file the Homestead Eligibility Application?
a.  File electronically: Request an application from the Department by sending an email to
The application mailed out to you will contain an Access Number so you may file electronically on our site at

b.   Mail the application: You may mail in the completed paper application the Department sends you. You may also print and mail the completed PDF copy of the application available on our web site.  Applications must be postmarked by December 31, 2012.

You can find out if you have already filed an application by looking up your property in the Real Property database.

If you have filed for the credit, you'll see this type of info at the very bottom of the screen:
If you haven't, you'll see this:
Find more info about the tax credit here:

You might want to pass this along to friends/neighbors who might not be aware of the credit. My neighbor let several people on our block know that they had not applied for the credit and they were very appreciative.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Kamenetz's office says demolition of Towson Manor Park still "on the table"

Despite what Sen. Brochin was told earlier, a county spokeswoman told the Towson Times that moving the York Road firehouse to Towson Manor Park is still an option. And the "Save Towson Manor Park" group is going ahead with its rally today at 4:00 PM at York and Towsontown Blvd.

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Plan to destroy Towson Manor Park is said to be "off the table"

That according to Sen. Brochin via this Patch article. Let's hope Plan B makes more sense.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Sen. Jim Brochin will introduce bill to protect county park land

Inspired by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's plan to relocate a firehouse on York Road to Towson Manor Park in order to sell the York Road lot to developers. Read about it here.

And here's an editorial in The Sun that says the park plan is not a good one:,0,411703.story

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Destroy a park and in return DMS can get air conditioning?

If this is true, it really is troubling. Here's the story by Bryan Sears in Patch. By the way, I bought a PowerBall ticket last week (something I do about twice a year) and daydreamed about winning and buying the Elkridge Club, at Charles Street and Gittings, and giving it to the city/county with the condition that it be turned into a public park. We do need more, not less, green space around here.

Update: I emailed Councilman David Marks about the situation and asked (1) if he knew back in September that this park might be lost to the fire house, (2) what he thinks of the idea, and (3) if he thinks AC at Dumbarton should be linked to the fire house and development on its current site. Here's what he said:

 "(1) No potential site had been identified at that time. (2) I would prefer an alternative location, and think community leaders need to be fully engaged on all possible sites. (3) Dumbarton Middle School serves almost all of Towson.  My job is to advocate for its improvement, just as I did at Stoneleigh and Hampton Elementary Schools. Unfortunately, there are many other communities competing for a limited amount of money.  If there is going to be any extra money from sale of county land in Towson, the money should remain in Towson and not be scattered across Baltimore County for other purposes."

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Crush in Belvedere Square closes

Such a disappointment; I really liked this place. Especially their Orange Crush cocktail. Here's the story in The Sun.

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Check out this Rodgers Forge kitchen renovation

Love it!!! Thanks so much to the reader who sent these in. She wrote: "Hi Kris, Here are before and after photos. I’m sure you can tell which are before and which are after! We had the original 1950’s kitchen with metal cabinets. It was charming but not very practical! Our contractor Genesis Contracting did a super job and they were great to work with."

You can find photos of other renovations here.

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