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Executive Kittleman announces application period under way for Public Safety Officer Tax Credit

Executive Kittleman announces application period under way for Public Safety Officer Tax Credit

May 15, 2018

Media Contact: 
Mark Miller, Administrator, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman today announced that the application period for the Public Safety Officer Property Tax Credit has begun and will continue until September 1, 2018. 

Kittleman filed legislation in December 2017 that was unanimously supported by the County Council to provide a property tax credit of up to $1,250 for county police, sheriff, correctional officers, emergency medical personnel, and paid and volunteer firefighters in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. 

“I’m reminded every day that our first-responders do so much to keep us safe and secure,” said Kittleman. “It’s now our turn to do something for them. This tax credit is one way of showing our appreciation by making it possible for more of these local heroes to live in the community they serve.”

“Our members are very appreciative of the efforts of County Executive Kittleman and the County Council in making this property tax credit a reality,” said Rich Ruehl, President of Local 2000, the International Association of Firefighters. “Our hope is that this property tax credit will help our younger members with financial access to a home in the county before they move elsewhere, and that it will entice more senior members who are looking to upgrade as they begin to have families, to come back to Howard County for all of the incredible services and amenities this county offers.” 

Enabling legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly in 2017 allowed local jurisdictions to administer this tax credit to public safety officers. The property tax credit will be increased to $2,500 in Fiscal Year 2020.

“We appreciate the County Executive and County Council’s efforts to make the Public Safety Property Tax Credit a reality for our officers,” said Pfc. Christopher Davis, President of the Howard County Police Officers Association, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 21. “Our officers and their families are forced to make tough decisions about where they live when faced with increased cost of living expenses and growing families, but this credit will allow more of our families to remain in Howard County. The need to ‘humanize the badge’ is ever-increasing but officers who live and work in the County help to strengthen our ties to the community and improve the already outstanding relationships we have with our neighbors and friends."

Kittleman said the tax credit will also help the county with recruiting and then retaining those hired.

“We want our public safety officers to feel that this is a great community to serve and a great place to live,” said Kittleman. “This tax credit can save them hundreds of dollars a month on their mortgage payment and that can be the difference between choosing to live here in Howard County or somewhere else.” 

“The Property Tax Credit will be an important tool in recruiting for the Department and provide incentive for officers to remain in the County when faced with cost of living increases and growing families,” said James P. Capone, President, Howard County Police Supervisors Alliance, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 143. “Officers working and living in Howard County develop ties that continue to strengthen the already strong relationships between the police and the community.”    

The Public Safety Officer Tax Credit application form can be found at https://www.howardcountymd.gov/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=FQhvAPoJb3c%3d&portalid=0.

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