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File #: 19-0479    Version: 0 Name: Property Tax Credit - Low-Income Employees of the City of Baltimore
Type: Ordinance Status: Enacted
File created: 12/16/2019 In control: City Council
On agenda: Final action: 2/19/2020
Enactment #: 20-348
Title: Property Tax Credit - Low-Income Employees of the City of Baltimore For the purpose of establishing a tax credit against the property tax imposed on the principal residences of certain low-income employees of the City of Baltimore; imposing certain limitations, conditions, and qualifications for credit eligibility; providing for the amount, duration, and administration of the credit; defining certain terms; and providing for a special effective date.
Sponsors: Ryan Dorsey, President Brandon M. Scott, Kristerfer Burnett, Zeke Cohen, Bill Henry, John T. Bullock, Mary Pat Clarke, Edward Reisinger, Sharon Green Middleton, Eric T. Costello, Danielle McCray, Leon F. Pinkett, III, Robert Stokes, Sr., Shannon Sneed, Isaac "Yitzy" Schleifer
Indexes: Baltimore City, Employee, Income, Property Tax Credit
Attachments: 1. 19-0479~1st Reader, 2. Planning 19-0479, 3. Real Estate 19-0479, 4. DHCD 19-0479, 5. BCIT 19-0479, 6. Law 19-0479, 7. CHAP 19-0479, 8. HR 19-0479, 9. Finance 19-0479, 10. 2nd Reader Committee Floor Amendments 19-0479, 11. 2nd Reader Floor Amendments 19-0479, 12. 19-0479~3rd Reader
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo
3/9/20200 Mayor Signed by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/10/20200 City Council Approved and Sent to the Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/27/20200 City Council 3rd Reader, for final passage  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/27/20200 Taxation, Finance and Economic Development Committee Recommended Favorably with Amendment  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/23/20200 Taxation, Finance and Economic Development Committee Recommended Favorably with AmendmentPass Action details Meeting details Not available
1/13/20200 Taxation, Finance and Economic Development Committee Scheduled for a Public Hearing  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/19/20190 City Council President Refer to Mayor's Office of Information Technology  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/19/20190 City Council President Refer to Board of Estimates  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/19/20190 City Council President Refer to Dept. of Finance  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/19/20190 City Council President Refer to Commission for Historical & Architectural Preservation  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/19/20190 City Council President Refer to Dept. of Human Resources  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/19/20190 City Council President Refer to Dept. of Real Estate  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/19/20190 City Council President Refer to City Solicitor  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/19/20190 City Council President Refer to Dept. of Planning  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/19/20190 City Council President Refer to Dept. of Housing and Community Development  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/16/20190 City Council Assigned  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/16/20190 City Council Introduced  Action details Meeting details Not available

Explanation: Capitals indicate matter added to existing law.

[Brackets] indicate matter deleted from existing law.

 

                     * Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.

                     The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.

 

Introductory*

 

                     City of Baltimore

                     Council Bill          

                                                                                                                                                           

Introduced by: Councilmember Dorsey                                                                                          

 

 

                     A Bill Entitled

 

An Ordinance concerning

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Property Tax Credit - Low-Income Employees of the City of Baltimore

For the purpose of establishing a tax credit against the property tax imposed on the principal residences of certain low-income employees of the City of Baltimore; imposing certain limitations, conditions, and qualifications for credit eligibility; providing for the amount, duration, and administration of the credit; defining certain terms; and providing for a special effective date.

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By authority of

Tax-Property Article

Section 9-304

Maryland Code

(As Amended by Ch. 383, Acts of 2019)

 

By adding

Article 28 - Taxes

Section 10-23

Baltimore City Code

(Edition 2000)

 

Section 1.  Be it ordained by the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, That the Laws of Baltimore City read as follows:

 

                     Baltimore City Code

 

                     Article 28.  Taxes

 

                     Subtitle 10.  Credits

 

§ 10-23.  Low-income employees.

 

(a)  Definitions.

 

(1)  In general.

 

In this section, the following terms have the meanings indicated.

 

(2)  Dwelling.

 

“Dwelling” has the meaning stated in State Tax-Property Article § 9-105 {“Homestead Tax Credit”}.

 

(3)  Finance Director.

 

“Finance Director” means the Director of the City Department of Finance or the Director’s designee.

 

(4)  Homeowner.

 

“Homeowner” has the meaning stated in State Tax-Property Article § 9-105 {“Homestead Tax Credit”}.

 

(5)  Homestead dwelling.

 

“Homestead dwelling” means a dwelling that is:

 

(i)  located in Baltimore City;

 

(ii)  owned by and used as the principal residence of a low-income employee; and

 

(iii)  otherwise eligible for the tax credit authorized by State Tax-Property Article § 9-105 {“Homestead Tax Credit”}.

 

(6)  Low-income employee.

 

“Low-income employee” means an individual who:

 

(i) is employed full-time by the City of Baltimore;

 

(ii) is among the 25% lowest-paid, full-time Baltimore City employees; and

 

(iii) owns a dwelling located in Baltimore City.

 

(b)  Credit granted.

 

In accordance with State Tax-Property Article § 9-304(k), a real property tax credit is granted against the City property tax imposed on the homestead dwelling of a low-income employee.

 

 

(c)  Amount of credit.

 

In any taxable year, the amount of the credit granted to a homestead dwelling under this section is the lesser of:

 

(1)  $2,500; and

 

(2)  the amount of the property tax imposed on the building.

 

(d)  Limitation on other credits.

 

In any taxable year for which a property receives a credit granted under this section, the property may not receive any other property tax credit provided by Baltimore City except:

 

(1)  the local portion of the credit authorized by State Tax-Property Article § 9-105 {“Homestead tax credit”}; and

 

(2)                     the credit authorized by§ 9-221 {“Offsetting income tax rates”}.

 

(e)  Income eligibility determination.

 

(1)                     To determine whether an individual qualifies as a low-income employee as defined by this section, the Finance Department, in consultation with the Department of Human Resources, shall use an individual’s gross pay for the calendar year most recently completed prior to the tax year for which the credit is sought.

 

(2) The Finance Department shall notify employees that their income may qualify them for the tax credit authorized by this subtitle no later than January 30 of the tax year.

 

(f)  Additional eligibility requirements.

 

In addition to meeting the other requirements provided in this section, to be eligible for a tax credit under this section, the low-income employee in the calendar year most recently completed prior to the start of the tax year for which the credit is sought must:

 

(1)  have been continuously employed for 12 months with the City;

 

(2)  have worked a minimum of 1,500 hours; and

 

(3)  have been classified as a regular, full-time employee by the Department of Human Resources.

 

(g)  Application and annual verification.

 

(1)  A low-income employee seeking to obtain and annually maintain a credit under this section must file with the Finance Director an application for the credit.

 

(2) The application must be filed with the Finance Director on or after February 1 preceding the tax year for which the credit is sought but no later than March 30 of that tax year.

 

(3)  The application must be in the form and contain the information that the Finance Director requires and shall include a verification that:

 

(i)  the homeowner is a regular, full-time City employee; and

 

(ii)  the property is:

 

(A)  used as the low-income employee’s principal residence; and

 

(B) otherwise eligible for the tax credit authorized by this section.

 

(h)  Term of credit

 

The credit granted under this section continues from tax year to tax year, subject to compliance with the annual verification requirements of subsection (g) of this section.

 

(i)  Administration.

 

The Finance Director:

 

(1)  shall adopt rules and regulations to carry out this section, including procedures, forms, and documentation required to apply for the credit authorized by this section and to periodically verify continuing eligibility for the credit;

 

(2)                     may, in those rules and regulations, define or further define any terms used in connection with the qualifications for or computation of the credit authorized by this section;

 

(3)  may settle disputed claims arising in connection with the credit authorized by this section;

 

(4)  must prepare an annual written report to the Mayor and City Council detailing the number of low-income employees from each agency who have utilized the tax credit in the preceding year; and

 

(5)  may delegate to any other City agency or employee the Director’s powers, duties, or functions in connection with the administration of the credit authorized by this section.

 

 

 

 

(j)  Criminal penalties.

 

Any person who knowingly makes a false statement on or in connection with an application for a tax credit under this section or in connection with any report or statement supporting a property's continued eligibility for a tax credit granted under this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, on conviction, is subject to a fine of not more than $1,000 or to imprisonment for not more than 12 months or to both fine and imprisonment for each offense.

 

(k)  Termination of program.

 

Applications for this credit may not be accepted after June 30, 2030.

 

Section 2.  And be it further ordained, That the catchlines contained in this Ordinance are not law and may not be considered to have been enacted as a part of this or any prior Ordinance.

 

Section 3.  And be it further ordained, That this Ordinance takes effect on the 60th day after it is enacted.