Property Tax Hike Likely In Montgomery County | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Property Tax Hike Likely In Montgomery County

Play associated audio

It's tax day, and homeowners in Montgomery County could soon see a hike in their property taxes.

County executive Isiah Leggett's proposed budget includes a property tax jump, but the county council will decide how much and in what way the tax will increase. Councilman Phil Andrews prefers leaving the tax rate alone, and instead reducing the credit each homeowner gets for just a year.

"Property tax rate increases tend to be permanent," says Andrews. "Credits are much more likely to be flexible."

But the idea of raising the rate and leaving the credit where it is has more support. Councilman Marc Elrich says lowering the amount of the credit can actually mean a higher tax bill for homeowners.

"I guarantee you if they're told they have a lower rate and bigger check, they're going to be irritated that the lower rate did not deliver a lower check," says Elrich.

A decision is due at the end of May.

NPR

The Perfect Family Book List

For the holidays, critic Alan Cheuse is making up a list of books to give to each of his family members. Only the best of 2014 for them. Here's his picks.
NPR

Guyanese Christmas Gives A Whole New Meaning To Slow Food

Two classic Christmas dishes beloved by the people of Guyana are pepperpot and garlic pork. To get the flavors just right, you have to cook them and let them sit out for weeks.
NPR

With New Congress, Will Obama Work Differently?

The GOP-led Congress President Obama will have to deal with for the last two years of his presidency is a stark contrast to the Democratic-led one he came in with. Does that mean Obama will change his approach to dealing with Capitol Hill?
NPR

2014 Hashtags: #BringBackOurGirls Made Nigerian Schoolgirls All Of 'Ours'

As part of a series on hashtag activism in 2014, Audie Cornish speaks with Obiageli Ezekwesili of the Open Society Foundation. Ezekwesili was one of the early promoters of the hashtag #bringbackourgirls, about schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria in April.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.