The Baltimore County Council voted on Monday night to table the idea of giving public safety officers a property tax break if they live and work within the county – making the county the first in Maryland to consider, and then reject, authorizing the credit.
According to The Baltimore Sun:
Council members voted 4-3 along party lines to table the measure, effectively defeating it. [Bill sponsor Council Member Wade] Kach and Republicans voted against tabling the tax credit, while Democrats voted for tabling it.
The County Council considered enacting the tax credit of up to $2,500 for eligible public safety officers, including firefighters, emergency medical technicians, correctional officers, police officers, sheriff’s deputies employed by the county, and certain volunteer firefighters. The County estimates that the credit, if passed, would have cost the County approximately $5.3 million annually, once fully phased in.
Before the vote took place yesterday evening, The Baltimore Sun published an article announcing that the county sheriff’s deputies had endorsed Al Redmer for Baltimore County Executive in the general election – the first time they have endorsed a Republican candidate for the office, according to the applicable unit of the Fraternal Order of Police.