2018 End of Session Wrap-up: Tax Sale Bills

An overview of MACo’s work on legislation spurred by recommendations of the tax sale task force in the 2018 General Assembly. 

Follow links for more coverage on Conduit Street and MACo’s Legislative Database

Tax Sale Task Force Legislation

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MACo successfully supported a bill that helps remove an obstacle to having accurate land records, and could reduce errant billing leading to extraordinary tax collection complications. This is accomplished by authorizing Registers of Wills to waive probate fees in certain circumstances where an heir may not be able to afford to settle an estate and effectuate the transfer of title to property. House Bill 556 / Senate Bill 466 passed the General Assembly and awaits the Governor’s signature. Bill Information | MACo Coverage

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MACo successfully supported a bill to give counties broader authority to withhold vacant and abandoned properties from tax sale, retain control over them, and instead focus economic development efforts on those properties. House Bill 1112 / Senate Bill 951 passed the General Assembly and awaits the Governor’s signature. Bill Information

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MACo supported a bill to give counties the authority, if enabled under local law, to withhold vacant and abandoned properties
from tax sale and instead take ownership of the properties themselves after implementing traditional foreclosure. House Bill 1246 / Senate Bill 954 did not pass the General Assembly. Bill Information

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MACo supported bills to give counties the authority to withhold properties from tax sale if the total taxes and fees due on the
property equal less than $750. Under current law, counties (except Baltimore City) must send all properties to tax sale if more than $250 is owed. Additionally, the bill requires counties to send
information on free home ownership counseling services to homeowners along with their final overdue bill before their property is subject to tax sale. House Bill 1465 and Senate Bill 952 passed the General Assembly and has been signed by the Governor. HB 1465 Bill Information  | Senate Bill 952 Bill Information

For more information on tax and revenues legislation tracked by MACo during the 2018 legislative session, click here.

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