The Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) today announced its 2021 reassessment of 759,422 residential and commercial properties. The overall statewide increase for “Group 3” properties was 8.1%, the third consecutive year in which all 23 counties and Baltimore City posted an increase.
Counties should not expect property tax revenues to increase by 8.1%, as this reassessment only covers one-third of property accounts. Furthermore, when property values increase, the increase is phased-in equal increments over the next three years.
In Maryland, there are more than 2 million property accounts which are split into three groups, each appraised once every three years. The 2021 reassessment represents an average increase of 7.5% for all residential properties and 9.5% for all commercial properties since the last “Group 3” reassessment in 2018.
According to SDAT:
The 2021 assessments for Group 3 properties were based on an evaluation of 67,767 sales that occurred within the group over the last three years. If the reassessment resulted in a property value being adjusted, any increase in value will be phased-in equally over the next three years, while any decrease in value will be fully implemented in the 2021 tax year. For the 2021 reassessment, 86.3% of Group 3 residential properties saw an increase in property value.
“All 23 counties and Baltimore City experienced an increase in residential property values for the third consecutive year, while commercial property values increased in 21 counties and Baltimore City. This is a good indicator that the market remains strong and growth is steady here in Maryland,” said SDAT Director Michael Higgs. “The Department’s real property assessors continue to work hard work to ensure that all of Maryland’s properties are assessed uniformly and fairly. As part of our Tax Credit Awareness Campaign, each reassessment notice includes information about the Homeowners’ and Homestead Tax Credits, which save Marylanders more than $260 million in taxes each year.”
The Homeowners’ Tax Credit provides relief for eligible homeowners by setting a limit on the amount of property taxes that are owed based on their income. Residential property owners who complete a one-time application and meet certain eligibility requirements can also receive a Homestead Tax Credit, which limits their principal residence’s taxable assessment from increasing by more than a certain percentage each year regardless of their income level. Although statewide legislation caps the increase at no more than 10% per year, many local governments have capped property taxes at lower percentages.
Property tax assessment notices were mailed to Group 3 property owners on Tuesday, December 29, 2020. A map of which properties fall into Groups 1, 2, and 3 and their respective years for reassessment is accessible on the SDAT website. For additional statistics and information, please visit the Department’s Statistics & Reports webpage.