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.