Cumberland Times-News

Latest news

March 29, 2013

Allegany commission commend themselves for tax reductions

CUMBERLAND — Allegany County commissioners gave themselves a pat on the back for tax reductions that they say have brought a $200-a-year decrease to a homeowner owning a $150,000 home.

Changing property assessments also affects the tax figure, according to county officials. The tax bill for each homeowner will depend on the property tax assessment.

The current commissioners, Michael Mc-Kay, Creade Brodie Jr. and Bill Valentine, made a commitment to a small reduction each year in the property tax rate.

That reduction is now paying off for taxpayers, they said.

Commissioners discussed the tax rate during a special hearing on the constant yield rate at Thursday’s regular commission business meeting at county offices on Kelly Road.

McKay said one constituent had told him all the savings commissioners had offered was equivalent to the cost of a Happy Meal.

McKay said that $200 would buy a lot of those meals.

The slight lowering of the tax rate this year pushed the county below the constant yield rate.

Over the past two years, commissioners have been lowering the property tax rate by about one-tenth of a cent, and are likely to do the same this year, when they adopt the budget in June.

The constant yield rate would keep property tax revenue at its current levels, said County Finance Director Jason Bennett.

The reduction’s practical impact would be about $305,000 less in property tax revenue, he said.

It was “the first time in my memory that the county tax rate is under the constant yield rate,” Bennett said.

Some municipal rates remain above the constant yield rate, which requires, under state law,  a newspaper ad by the county indicating a tax rate increase.

Final rates are set when the county’s budget is adopted.

John Davis of Cumberland was the only member of the public to speak at the hearing. He said he supported the commissioners and that the continued tax reductions should answer their critics.

In other action, commissioners agreed to sponsor a grant request by the Allegany Museum for a transportation display focusing on the National Road. If the museum is awarded the $150,000 grant, it would not require a county match.

A local government sponsor is required for the grant application, said Gary Bartik, president of the museum.

The idea is to set up a chronological history of transportation in the area on the first floor of the museum, Bartik said.

Commissioners also ap-proved a tax credit of $500 a year for up to three years for qualifying residences that install a sprinkler system for fire protection.

The program is limited to newly constructed one- and two-family dwellings.

 Contact Matthew Bieniek at mbieniek@times-news.com.

1
Text Only
Latest news
Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue
Facebook
Must Read
House Ads
NDN Video
Weird 'Wakudoki' Dance Launches Promotional Competition Two women barely avoid being hit by train Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth
NDN Video
Weird 'Wakudoki' Dance Launches Promotional Competition Two women barely avoid being hit by train Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth