General County Real Property Tax:
This tax is levied on all property in the County and funds, in part, such basic services as education, public safety, public works, and community services.
State Real Property Tax:
This tax is levied by the State of Maryland, but collected by Howard County and is used for the payment of principal and interest on State bonds.
This tax is collected countywide and supports all fire and emergency response operations.
The annual fee for the collection and disposal of residential trash is $325 for those households receiving trash, recycling and yard services, $310 for those households receiving trash and recycling services only and $39 for those households receiving recycling service only.
Ad Valorem Charges:
An ad valorem charge is levied on real property located within the Metropolitan District. Ad valorem charges are primarily used to fund the cost of new construction and/or replacement of the water and sewer system's infrastructure and may be used for operation costs as well.
Front Foot Charge:
All owners of properties located on a street, road, lane, alley or right-of-way in which a water or sewer main exists, pay an annual front foot benefit assessment charge.
State Bay Restoration Fee:
The Maryland State Government enacted the State Bay Restoration Fund in 2004. Howard County is required to bill users of private septic systems a fee of $15.00 per quarter for a single residential dwelling. For additional information please visit the Maryland Department of the Environment web site at www.mde.state.md.us.
Watershed Protection Fee:
This fee provides funding for County stormwater projects mandated by the federal government to treat impervious surfaces. For more information visit CleanWaterHoward.com.