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File #: 22-0193    Version: 0 Name: Real Property Tax Credit for Energy Conservation Devices
Type: Ordinance Status: Enacted
File created: 1/24/2022 In control: Baltimore City Council
On agenda: Final action: 8/15/2022
Enactment #: 22-162
Title: Real Property Tax Credit for Energy Conservation Devices For the purpose of granting a tax credit against the City real property tax imposed on a dwelling that uses a solar energy device or geothermal energy device; imposing certain qualifications for credit eligibility; providing for the amount and the administration of the credit; creating an annual limit on the amount of credits granted; requiring an annual report regarding the credit; and defining certain terms.
Sponsors: John T. Bullock, Mark Conway, Isaac "Yitzy" Schleifer, Antonio Glover, Odette Ramos, Kristerfer Burnett, James Torrence, Zeke Cohen, Danielle N. McCray, Sharon Green Middleton, Ryan Dorsey
Indexes: Conservation, Energy, Real Property, Tax Credits
Attachments: 1. 22-0193~ 1st Reader, 2. CHAP 22-0193, 3. Planning 22-0193, 4. DHCD 22-0193, 5. Law 22-0193, 6. Sustainability 22-0193, 7. Finance 22-0193, 8. cc22-0193(1)~1st (Comm), 9. 2nd Reader Amendments 22-0193(1)~1st (Comm), 10. 22-0193~3rd Reader, 11. cc22-0193(1)~3rd (Floor)(Bullock), 12. 22-0193(2)~3rd Reader, 13. 22-0193~Enrolled, 14. Completed Ordinance 22-0193
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo
9/12/20220 Mayor Signed by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/27/20220 Baltimore City Council Approved and Sent to the Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/13/20220 Baltimore City Council Approved and Sent to the Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/16/20220 Baltimore City Council 3rd Reader, for final passage  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/16/20220 Ways and Means Recommended Favorably with Amendment  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/3/20220 Ways and Means Recommended Favorably with AmendmentPass Action details Meeting details Not available
4/25/20220 Ways and Means Scheduled for a Public Hearing  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/27/20220 Baltimore City Council Refer to Dept. of Housing and Community Development  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/27/20220 Baltimore City Council Refer to Dept. of Planning  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/27/20220 Baltimore City Council Refer to Office of Sustainability  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/27/20220 Baltimore City Council Refer to Dept. of Finance  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/27/20220 Baltimore City Council Refer to City Solicitor  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/27/20220 Baltimore City Council Refer to Commission for Historical & Architectural Preservation  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/24/20220 Baltimore City Council Assigned  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/24/20220 Baltimore 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 Bullock

                                                                                                                                                           

 

                     A Bill Entitled

 

An Ordinance concerning

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Real Property Tax Credit for Energy Conservation Devices

For the purpose of granting a tax credit against the City real property tax imposed on a dwelling that uses a solar energy device or geothermal energy device; imposing certain qualifications for credit eligibility; providing for the amount and the administration of the credit; creating an annual limit on the amount of credits granted; requiring an annual report regarding the credit; and defining certain terms.

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By adding

Article 28 - Taxes

Section 10-31

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

 

§ 10-31.  Energy Conservation Devices (Real Property Tax Credit)

 

(a)                     Definitions.

 

(1)                     In general.

 

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

 

(2)                     Eligible costs.

 

“Eligible costs” means reasonable costs incurred:

 

 

(i)                     within the 12 months before the initial application for the credit;

 

(ii)                     for the purchase or lease of a solar energy device or geothermal energy device, including any part, component, or accessory equipment necessary to operate the device; and

 

(iii) associated with installation of the solar energy device or the geothermal energy device. 

 

(3)                     Geothermal energy device.

 

“Geothermal energy device” means an energy conserving device that:

 

(i)                     uses geothermal energy to heat or cool a structure or to provide hot water for use in the structure; and

 

(ii)                     meets national safety and performance standards set by a nationally recognized testing laboratory for that type of device.

 

(4)                     Solar energy device.

 

“Solar energy device” means an energy conserving device that:

 

(i)                     uses solar energy  to heat or cool a structure, to generate electricity to be used in the structure, or to provide hot water for use in the structure; and

 

(ii)                     meets national safety and performance standards set by a nationally recognized testing laboratory for that type of device.

 

(b)                     Credit granted.

 

In accordance with State Tax-Property Article § 9-203, a tax credit is granted against the City portion of real property tax on a dwelling to which a solar energy device or geothermal energy device is installed and in use. 

 

(c)                     Qualifications.

 

The owner of a dwelling that uses a solar energy device or geothermal energy device may qualify for the tax credit authorized by this section by:

 

(1)                     filing a state income tax return as a resident of Baltimore City for each taxable year for which the credit is sought;

 

(2)                     filing an application for the credit with the Director of the Department of Finance at least 90 days before the first tax year for which the credit is sought; and

 

(3)                     satisfying all other conditions imposed by the regulations of the Director of the Department of Finance.

(d)                     Amount of credit.

 

The credit against the City portion of real property tax on a dwelling under this section is the lesser of:

 

(1)                     50% of the eligible costs; or 

 

(2)                     $5,000 for a heating system or $1,500 for a hot water supply system.

 

(e)                     Credit not to exceed property tax.

 

The amount of a credit applied in a tax year may not exceed the amount of City real property tax imposed on the dwelling in that tax year.

 

(f)                     Annual limit on amount of credits granted.

 

(1)                     During a fiscal year, the total of all tax credits granted under this section may not exceed $750,000.

 

(2)                     Credits will be granted in the order in which the Director of the Department of Finance receives the complete applications under subsection (g) of this section.

 

(3)                     A complete application that, if granted, would cause the limit set forth in paragraph (1) of this subsection to be exceeded, will be granted in the next fiscal year or years and in the order received.

 

(g)                     Application.

 

The application must be in the form and contain the information that the Director of the Department of Finance requires.

 

(h)                     Administration.

 

The Director of the Department of Finance or the Director’s designee:

 

(1)                     shall, subject to Title 4 {“Administrative Procedure Act - Regulations”} of the City General Provisions Article, 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

 

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

 

(i)                     Reporting credits.

 

The estimated amount of all tax credits received by owners under this section in any fiscal year shall be:

 

(1)                     reported by the Director of the Department of Finance as a “tax expenditure” for that fiscal year; and

 

(2)                     included in the publication of the City’s budget for any subsequent fiscal year with the estimated or actual City property tax revenue for the applicable fiscal year.

 

(j)                     Annual report.

 

The Director of the Department of Finance or the Director’s designee must report annually to the Board of Estimates and to the Mayor and City Council any results and findings of any analysis of the tax credit, including the steps taken and proposed to be taken to promote and further the use of the tax credit program.

 

Section 2.  And be it further ordained, That this Ordinance takes effect on the 30th day after the date it is enacted.