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Once Again, Protest Your Tax Assessments

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Posted on January 10, 2006:

Senator Dyson Unfortunately, January 4 was a day many property owners in Southern Maryland would like to forget. All day, I heard complaints from people who are upset about their outrageous tax assessment notices. They have every right to be upset. This has always been a back door way for state and local governments to pay for services while saying they are not responsible for raising taxes. Donít believe it.

St. Maryís Countyís assessments went up 69.1 percent, Calvertís went up 74.7 percent and in Charles a whopping 75.3 percent.

My constituents are not only angry, they are scared. They are afraid that they are going to be taxed out of their homes that theyíve lived in for years.

Last year, I implored the constituents I am proud to represent to appeal their tax assessments. Do not let this outrage continue without a fight.

You will see on your assessment notice that there is recourse for an appeal. I have been promised by the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation that this will be a painless process.

Do not be afraid to appeal. If you donít, and your home and land is not as valuable as it is arbitrarily being assessed, you will be out of luck. The assessment notices that went out on Black Wednesday January 4 say that you have until February 13 to appeal your assessments. Make sure you do it. The state tax assessors office has told me many people have been successful with their appeals.

There is a phone number at the top of the notice to call to set up an appointment. The local tax assessment office can not deny an appeal.

I have been assured you will not be harassed or be treated rudely by the tax assessor who hears your appeal. If they do, you can contact me and I will contact their supervisor on your behalf.

Here are some tips to be better prepared for your appeal.

Upon filing an appeal, the tax assessor will discuss your property with you to determine its real value. Once again, itís important to have all of your information about your home or property. Last year I wrote that whoever assessed your property may not know you have problems such as failing septic, land erosion, or any other problems you are having that might lower your assessments.

Itís also important to note that all of this information is privileged. This information will not become public.

Once again, I know very few people who are happy with the assessments. As I wrote last year. Make the ultimate protest and appeal.

If you have any questions regarding this process, contact the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation at (410) 767-1184 or toll free at (888) 246-5941.

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