The Anne Arundel County Council has passed the public safety officer tax credit, reports the Capital Gazette.
Councilmember Jerry Walker, MACo Acting President introduced the legislation, which provides public safety officers living within and working for the County with a $2,500 property tax credit. Public safety officers include police, volunteer firefighters, correctional officers and others.
Baltimore City recently passed similar legislation.
All local governments received authority from the State last session to issue a property tax credit to public safety officers who live and work within their jurisdictions through House Bill 979. The new law became effective on June 1, 2017, for tax years beginning in fiscal 2018.
Additionally, the Anne Arundel County Council passed a resolution supporting of a .005 percent property tax reduction – intended to offset any potential tax increase other residents would receive to pay for the public safety officer tax credit.