Agenda Item 3B
May 16, 2016
Amanda Mihill, Legislative Attorney
Jacob Sesker, Senior Legislative Analyst
Expedited Bill 10-16, Taxation - Residential Real Property Tax Deferral
- Senior Citizens
Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee recommendation
Expedited Bil1lO-16 as introduced.
Expedited Bill 10-16, Taxation - Residential Real Property Tax Deferral - Senior Citizens,
Sponsors Vice President Berliner and Councilmembers Katz and Riemer and
Co-Sponsors Council President Floreen and Councilmembers Rice, Navarro, EIrich, and Hucker
was introduced on April 5, 2016. A public hearing was held on April 26 and a Government
Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee worksession was held on May 12.
Bill 10-16 would provide for a residential real property tax deferral for residents at least 65 years
old with a gross income of $80,000 or less. The statutory change would modify the County's
current property tax deferral program to allow eligible seniors to defer the annual increase in their
residential real property taxes at 0% interest.
Public Hearing Testimony
Joe Beach, Finance Director, testified in favor ofthe legislation on behalf of the County Executive
Beach stated that the County Executive supports the legislation because "it will
provide another option for seniors on a fixed income to remain in the County by alleviating their
The Montgomery County Commission on Aging testified in support of the legislation, noting that
the Commission supports increased taxes to provide for the needs of County residents, but has
previously requested an exception for lower income seniors (©13). Jews United for Justice also