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Prince George’s County Middle Class Tax Credit Programs

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IMPORTANT STATE AND LOCAL TAX CREDIT PROGRAMS

Homestead Property Tax Credit

To help homeowners deal with large assessment increases on their principal residence, state law has established the Homestead Property Tax Credit. The Homestead Credit limits the increase in taxable assessments each year to a fixed percentage. Every county and municipality in Maryland is required to limit taxable assessment increases to 10% or less each year. Prince George’s County has a 2% cap which further limits increases. Check the status of your Homestead eligibility by looking up your property on the Real Property database: http://sdat.dat.maryland.gov/RealProperty/Pages/default.aspx

Homestead tax credit application: https://sdathtc.dat.maryland.gov/ 

You can also contact the local office of the State Assessments Office at 301-952-2500 or visit: http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/pages/assessments.aspx

Assessments Office, Courthouse, 14735 Main Street Upper Marlboro, MD 20772-3050

 

Homeowners’ Property Tax Credit Program

For homeowners with a combined gross household income of $60,000 or less, this program allows credits against the homeowners’ property tax bill, but the taxes must exceed a fixed percentage of a person’s gross income. It sets a limit on the amount of property taxes a homeowner must pay, based on income. Income is defined as the gross income before any deductions are taken. Nontaxable retirement benefits such as Social Security and Railroad Retirement must be reported as income. You must apply every year no later than September on a standard application supplied by the Department of Assessments and Taxation. Example: If your combined household income is $16,000, your tax limit is $420. You would be entitled to receive a credit for any taxes above the $420. You would be entitled to receive a credit for any taxes above the $420. If your actual property tax bill is $990, you would receive a tax credit in the amount of $570, the difference between the actual tax bill and the tax limit.

Apply here: http://dat.maryland.gov/realproperty/Pages/Homeowners’-Property-Tax-Credit-Program.aspx

 

Use the Assessment Appeals Process

Everyone’s property is re-assessed every three years, but sometimes your assessment does not really reflect your actual market value based on home sales in your area.  The assessment appeal process allows property owners the opportunity to dispute the value determined by the State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT). Property values rise and fall to reflect the market. Customers should file an appeal when the estimated value of their property does not accurately reflect what they believe to be its current market value.

To Appeal Your Assessment, Go Here: http://www.dat.maryland.gov/realproperty/Pages/Assessment-Appeal-Process.aspx

MD Property Owners’ Bill of Rights: http://dat.maryland.gov/realproperty/Pages/Bill-of-Rights.aspx

 

Maryland Renters’ Tax Credit Program

The State of Maryland Renters’ Tax Credit Program provides Property Tax credits for renters who are age 60 and older or 100% disabled, and also meet certain income requirements. Under HB-340, passed by the Prince George’s County Delegation and the Maryland General Assembly in the 2016 Legislative Session, renters can receive maximum tax relief up to $1,000. This legislation also expands the statewide Renters Tax Credit program and increases the pool of eligible applicants. To get a credit for 2015, you must file by September 1st. Contact the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation at 1-800-944-7403 or visit: http://dat.maryland.gov/realproperty/Pages/Renters’-Tax-Credits.aspx

 

24-Month Residential Leases for Seniors

Prince George’s County seniors living in specified age-restricted housing can now enter into a 24-month lease agreement without incurring fees or rent increases for the term of the lease. Landlords are required to provide written notice about the 24-month period when entering into a new lease or a renewal lease. For more information, contact Code Enforcement Officer Ann Keys at the County’s Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE), 301-883-6058 or ALKeys@co.pg.md.us.

 

Prince George’s County Renters’ Property Tax Relief Supplement

The Prince George’s County Council, aware that residents who qualify for the State’s Renters’ Tax Credit Program are already stretched financially, also passed CB-95-2015. Prince George’s County will automatically provide a Renters’ Property Tax Relief Supplement to each resident who qualifies for the State Renters’ Tax Credit. The County Supplement is 50% of the State payment, and will be dispersed in late spring of each year. No additional application is required. If you have additional questions, please contact the Office of Finance, Treasury Division, at 301-952-4030. Example: If you qualify for a State of Maryland Renters’ Tax Credit of $400, you will automatically receive a tax credit of $200 from Prince George’s County for a total of $600.

 

Transfer Tax Exemptions for Classroom Teachers and Police and Deputy Sheriffs

The County and State provide total or partial exemptions from the transfer tax assessed at the sale/purchase of homes in the county for teachers, public officers, and deputy sheriffs.

Transfer tax exemption for teachers here: https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/1850

Transfer tax exemption for police officers or deputy sheriffs here: https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/1845

 

Additional Individual Tax Credits:

Disabled Veterans Tax Exemption – CB-8-2005 Disabled Veterans (retroactive) (PDF) – Tax credit for veterans qualified for disability exemption. Tax credit is equal to full amount of County taxes and applies to taxes previously paid for any year the veteran was qualified for the exemption. Application and proof of claim must be filed with the Director of Finance. Application here: https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/10233

Surviving Spouse of a Fallen Officer Tax Credit
CB-63-2003 Surviving Spouse of a Fallen Law Enforcement/Rescue Worker (PDF) – Annual application and initial proof of claim must be filed with the Director of Finance by April 1 prior to the tax year for which the credit is being requested. The fallen officer must have owned the dwelling at the time of his/her death and the surviving spouse must currently occupy the dwelling. Application here: https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/10229

MD Student Loan Debt Relief Tax Credit – Have you incurred at least $20,000 in undergraduate student loan debt and have at least $5,000 in outstanding undergraduate student loan debt remaining? You may be eligible for a tax credit of up to $5,000 on your 2017 personal income tax. ​In order to apply, you mu​st complete and submit an application to the Maryland Higher Education Commission by September​ 15th each year; be a resident of Maryland for the tax year; incurred at least $20,000 in total undergraduate student loan debt; and have at least $5,000 in outstanding student loan debt during the tax year for which you are applying. Apply here: http://mhec.maryland.gov/preparing/Pages/StudentLoanDebtReliefTaxCredit.aspx

Agricultural Land Tax Credit
CB-66-2008 Agricultural Land (PDF) – Property must participate in Maryland or County agricultural land preservation program. Tax credit is equal to the full amount of County taxes. Annual application and proof of claim must be filed with the Director of Finance. Application here: https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/10243

Alternative Energy Tax Credit
CB-11-2008 Alternative Energy/Energy Conservation (PDF) – Tax credit for residential structures that utilize solar energy or geothermal energy devices. Application and proof of claim must be filed with the Director of Finance. Application here:https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/10244Related Item – Federal Income Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency: https://www.energystar.gov/about/federal_tax_credits

 

Join the Jobs First Movement here: www.jobsfirstmovement.net

 

 

By Authority, Friends of Mel Franklin, Brendon Laster, Treasurer
Friends of Mel Franklin
PO Box 3031
Upper Marlboro MD 20773 United States
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Prince George’s County Men Make A Difference Day – Tomorrow October 9, 2017

Men Make A Difference Day – Tomorrow October 9, 2017, at all PGCPS Schools

Tomorrow, all across our public schools in Prince George’s County, is “Men Make a Difference Day.”  This tradition was established several years ago by Dr. Michael Robinson, founder and co-CEO of Forest of the Rain Productions, and “acknowledges the vital role fathers and male role models play in the academic achievement of children.” The day has since become a PGCPS school system-wide tradition and “provides fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, and other male role models with an opportunity to participate in several school activities and events throughout the day.”

To all of our fathers, father-figures, and positive men in our communities, please join our kids at your local school, at the start of school in the morning, to demonstrate the strength of family and community in Prince George’s County! 

Show your support on social media by using the hashtag #fatherhoodstrong

Take the fatherhood academic pledge here: https://tinyurl.com/fatherhood-academic-pledge

Join the Jobs First Movement here: www.jobsfirstmovement.net

11 percent

Is 11 Percent Enough?

11%

That is the embarrassingly low percentage of each of your hard-earned county tax dollars that was spent with minority or woman-owned businesses in Prince George’s County in the last reported year. 

With all of our diversity – being over 85% minority and majority female, home to several thousand minority or woman owned businesses, including over 1,200 certified minority or woman owned firms – our county government has made very little progress with opening the doors of opportunity to minority and woman owned businesses based in Prince George’s County. 

And, despite all of the other progress that Prince George’s County has made over the past several years, this remains one of our biggest shortcomings.  It’s our unfinished business.  It’s one of the problems that we don’t like to talk about. But, I did not accept the mantle of leadership to dodge the tough issues.  Our County prides itself as a progressive place of opportunity for diverse residents of all backgrounds.  It should be unacceptable to all of us, public officials and residents alike, that only 11 cents out of every dollar of your money that the county government spends is spent with minority or women owned businesses that call Prince George’s County home.

Now some might say, “I don’t work in the county,” “I’m retired” or “I am not in business in the county,” why should I care about how much we invest in small, minority, and women owned businesses in the county?  Here is why:

-Because we lack the local business tax base that our neighboring counties and cities have, you pay a higher tax burden on your residential taxes for public services, like schools and public safety, and we still cannot fully fund universal pre-K, new school construction, full public safety staffing, or assistance programs for seniors;

-Because we lack the local business base that our neighboring counties and cities have, we don’t attract enough of the high caliber of retail, restaurants, and other amenities that our residents deserve;

-Because we lack the local business base that our neighboring counties and cities have, over 60% of our workforce must work outside of the county, sitting in longer commutes and worse traffic;

-Because we lack the local business tax base that our neighboring counties and cities have, we don’t have the necessary funds to adequately repave your roads or provide you more bus service; and

-Because we lack the local business base that our neighboring counties and cities have, our nonprofits receive fewer corporate donations than many of our neighboring jurisdictions.

Not investing in small, minority, and women owned businesses in Prince George’s County affects all of us, people of all ages, from every walk of life.  So, let’s do something about it! 

In these upcoming 2018 elections, ask the local candidates you see, “Is 11% enough?”  Then, join my campaign for Council At-Large and support the Jobs First Plan for Prince George’s County here: www.jobsfirstmovement.net.

Sources: Local Business Participation Procurement Report, Prince George’s County, Fiscal Year 2016; Maryland State MBE Database, 2017; U.S. Census, American Fact Finder, Firms by Industry, Gender, Ethnicity, and Race, Prince George’s County, 2012.

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Councilman Mel Franklin Launches 2018 Campaign for Council At-Large with Announcement Video

September 19, 2017

For Immediate Release

Prince George’s County Councilman Mel Franklin Officially Launches 2018 Campaign for County Council At-Large Position with Announcement Video

Former Council Chairman’s “Jobs First Movement” to Focus on Making County an Economic Destination and Increasing Investment in Critical Services Like Education and Public Safety

Contact: Mel@melfranklin.net

Upper Marlboro, MD – Today, Councilman Mel Franklin (D-District 9) officially launched his 2018 campaign for one of Prince George’s County’s two new Council At-Large positions with an announcement video released through targeted television ads, social media, and electronic mail.  The Franklin for Council At-Large Campaign Announcement Video can be seen at www.jobsfirstmovement.net.  Councilman Franklin issued the following statement:

“I passionately believe in Prince George’s County’s future.  And, while we have made great progress over the nearly 8 years that I have served on the County Council, we can do even better.  My service as Council Chairman and extensive legislative experience on economic development, the county budget, and quality of life issues gives me a unique, countywide perspective to be an effective advocate for each of the more than 900,000 talented and diverse residents that call Prince George’s County home.

“To take the next great steps on our journey, we should execute a three part “Jobs First” plan: (1) make Prince George’s County an economic destination for the world, establishing a leadership position in signature industries like health care, information technology, and the federal sector, while attracting better retail amenities; (2) keep our public dollars local to grow our small, minority, and women-owned businesses in the County, creating generational wealth and good paying jobs with good benefits; and (3) most of all — invest in our people, by growing our commercial tax base to invest more in education, public safety, roads and transit, property standards, and more services for our seniors and youth.  That’s the Jobs First message and my grassroots campaign will organize around this agenda in communities all across the County.

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Highlights of Councilman Franklin’s Accomplishments:

As a prolific legislator during his tenure on the Council, Councilman Franklin has authored over one hundred pieces of legislation adopted or enacted into law, including the county laws that authorized the development of MGM National Harbor and which require at least half of county funds from MGM National Harbor be spent on education.  Councilman Franklin is especially known for authoring landmark procurement laws, known as the Jobs First and Jobs and Opportunity Acts, which established, for the first time, minimum requirements for contracting opportunities for small and minority businesses in the county, local hiring requirements in county contracting, and a mandate that half of county funds be deposited in small, minority or local banks.

As Council Chairman in 2015, Councilman Franklin and his colleagues prevented proposed layoffs of public safety officers.  In fact, since he and his colleagues took office in December of 2010, the county budget’s overall investment in education has increased by roughly $358 million (approximately 20% increase) and in public safety by about $171 million (approximately 32% increase).  As a fierce advocate for eliminating domestic violence, Councilman Franklin has also helped award over $1 million in grants to domestic violence organizations.  And, in 2013, Councilman Franklin authored legislation that reformed and expanded the County’s summer youth jobs program.

Highlights of Councilman Franklin’s Biography:

Councilman Franklin is married to Monekia Franklin, his wife of 11 years, and they reside in Upper Marlboro with their two children.  Councilman Franklin is an attorney who graduated from Duke Law School in 2001 with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree and the University of South Carolina in 1998 with a Bachelor of the Arts (B.A.) degree.  Prior to serving on the County Council, Councilman Franklin was an Assistant Attorney General with the State of Maryland, specializing in health care regulation and policy, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Prince George’s Community College.  Earlier in his career, he was a federal antitrust attorney with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and a private sector regulatory lawyer with Sonnenschein Nath and Rosenthal (now “Dentons”).

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Councilman Mel Franklin’s Official Candidate Announcement Video for Prince George’s County Council At-Large

Please View My Official Candidate Announcement Video for County Council At-Large

Do you believe in Prince George’s County’s future?  If you do, please join me and click the video above to support my Jobs First Plan for Prince George’s County.

Togetherwe will:

1. Make Prince George’s County an economic destination for the world, by cultivating signature industries like health care-life sciences, information technology-communications, business services, tourism-hospitality, and the federal sector, and attracting better retail and restaurant amenities.

2. Keep our public dollars local to grow our small, minority, and women-owned businesses in the County, creating generational wealth and good paying jobs with good benefits for county residents.

3. And most of all — invest in our people, by growing our commercial tax base to invest more in PreK-14 education and workforce development, public safety staffing and resources, better roads and transit, property standards quality and enforcement, and more services for our seniors and youth.

Let’s write the next great chapter in Prince George’s County’s story!

Mel Franklin, Councilman

Back to School

Prince George’s County Back to School Events — College Fair and Book Bag Give-Away

COUNCILMAN MEL FRANKLIN SPONSORS 2017 COUNTY BACK TO SCHOOL EVENTS

Back to School Event Flyer (Please Share): https://www.flickr.com/photos/councildistrict9office/37192353475/in/dateposted-public/

PTSO COLLEGE FAIR – SEPTEMBER 20, 3:30-6:30PM

Join over 100 colleges, universities, and career related services and over 2000 students at the 8th Annual PTSO College Fair, sponsored by Council Chairman Mel Franklin and Parents Together for Students Organization (PTSO), on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 3:30-6:30PM, Surrattsville High School, 6101 Garden Drive, Clinton, MD 20735.  Free and open to the public!

VICTORY CHAPEL FALL HARVEST & BOOK BAG/SCHOOL SUPPLIES GIVE-AWAY – SEPTEMBER 23, 12PM-3PM

On Saturday, September 23, 12PM-3PM, in partnership with Victory Chapel Church, we are sponsoring a book bag giveaway and fall harvest community health and wellness expo. The event will be held at Accokeek Academy, 14400 Berry Road, Accokeek, MD 20607. Come get a free new book bag, and school supplies too. Free and open to the public!

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Remembering September 11th, 2001 – 16 years later

Today, we remember that terrible morning 16 years ago that changed all of our lives. We will never forget where we were that morning. We will never forget the evil that we witnessed that morning. We will never forget all of those we lost that morning. We will never forget the courageous heroes who saved thousands of lives that morning. We will never forget the love, pain, and unity that we felt that morning. We will never forget September 11th, 2001. May God’s love, peace, and justice prevail across the world.
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End Racism

Councilman Mel Franklin Condemns White Nationalist Hate Rally in Charlottesville

August 13, 2017

For Immediate Release

Prince George’s County Councilman Mel Franklin Condemns White Nationalist Hate Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia

Councilman Urges Rejection of Racial Extremism and Offers Condolences for Loss of Life

Contact: Mel@melfranklin.net

Upper Marlboro, MD – Yesterday, James Alex Fields Jr., a participant in a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia called “Unite the Right,” was charged with second degree murder for maliciously driving his vehicle into a crowd of counter protesters, killing Heather Heyer, 32, who lived and worked in Charlottesville.  The Unite the Right rally was inspired by the extreme, so-called “alt-right” movement, which has achieved a growing amount of influence in the base of the Republican Party, especially since the election of President Donald Trump last November.  Today, County Councilman Mel Franklin (D-District 9) issued the following statement:

“White nationalism is just racism and hatred by another name.  The killing of Heather Heyer by James Alex Fields yesterday was a vile act of terrorism and evil.  On behalf of my constituents, my thoughts and prayers are with Heather’s family and the families of Virginia State Police Officers Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, who died providing emergency response to the Charlottesville violence.  I call on people of goodwill around the world to condemn this rising tide of extremism that has found a home in conservative political circles, even including the Trump White House.  It has no place in America.”

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Lotsa Pizza

Two Prince George’s County Restaurants featured recently in the media — ‘Texas 202 BBQ’ and ‘Lotsa Pizza’ — Buy Local Week!!!

Texas 202 BBQ in Brandywine ranked #6 in the top ten BBQ joints in the region by the Wash. Post:

“New to the rankings but not new to the business of smoked meats, Texas 202 Barbeque of Maryland can trace its roots to the early 1990s, when Rev and Felicia Ward first opened their restaurant in Beeville, Tex.”

Full story: https://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/the-10-best-barbecue-joints-in-the-dc-area/2017/06/28/122681fe-5536-11e7-a204-ad706461fa4f_story.html?utm_term=.fb4b0bec2e5e
Lotsa Pizza in College Park, College Park’s Newest Pizza Place:

“After waiting in a line that stretched out the new restaurant’s door, sophomore computer engineering major Zaakira Ahmed and sophomore criminology and criminal justice major Fallon Howard ate their $3 build-your-own pizzas.”

Full story: http://www.dbknews.com/2017/07/12/lotsa-pizza-grand-opening-college-park/

 

I’ll be highlighting or visiting local restaurants and farmer’s markets all week. Please share pics from your local food visits with hashtags #pgcbuylocal #jobsfirst

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Prince George’s County Residents: Let’s ‘Buy and Eat Local’ During Maryland Buy Local Week, July 22-30 — Support Our County Restaurants and Local Farms

July 21, 2017

For Immediate Release

Prince George’s County Councilman Mel Franklin Urges County Residents to ‘Buy and Eat Local’ During the Maryland Buy Local Challenge Week of July 22-30

Councilman Promotes Locally Grown Food and County Restaurants During the Maryland Buy Local Challenge Week

Contact: Mel@melfranklin.net

Upper Marlboro, MD – July 22nd – July 30th is designated by the Maryland Department of Agriculture as Maryland’s Buy Local Challenge Week when state residents are encouraged to eat at least one locally grown food item each day.  Councilman Mel Franklin is taking it a step further, urging county residents to (1) visit one or more of Prince George’s County’s many farmers markets to stock up on locally grown food and (2) for dining or eating out, only eat at restaurants located in Prince George’s County from July 22 – July 30.  Tomorrow (July 22), Councilman Franklin will visit Miller Farms in Clinton at 11AM to stock up on locally grown food and encourages other residents to do the same at their closest farmers market.  Today, Councilman Mel Franklin (D-District 9) issued the following statement:

“When we buy and eat locally, we send a strong economic message that we want successful and thriving businesses here in Prince George’s County and support our local farmers who work extremely hard to provide healthy eating choices for our communities.  For those eating or dining out from July 22-July 30, I encourage you to take pride in our wonderful county and support the restaurants that call Prince George’s County home by eating or dining only in the county on those days.  I also hope you will join me in visiting one or more of our many farmers markets across the county so that you can eat at least one locally grown food item each day during the Buy Local Challenge Week.  The ‘Buy Local’ message is a critical part of the ‘Jobs First’ philosophy that we are stronger when our dollars stay and circulate within our own county.”

Take the Pledge for the Maryland Buy Local Challenge Week here: http://www.buylocalchallenge.com/survey.html.

Miller Farms is located at 10140 Piscataway Rd, Clinton, MD 20735 and is open 8AM-7PM Monday through Saturday and 9AM-5PM on Sunday.  Here is a listing of farmers markets from across the county: http://www.pgcountyfarmfun.com/.

Here is a list of featured Prince George’s County restaurants: https://www.visitprincegeorgescounty.com/featured-restaurants/

Here is a broader list of county restaurants by category: https://www.visitprincegeorgescounty.com/dine-in-prince-georges-county/

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Help spread this message on social media by doing the following:

FIRST

Please like and share the “Buy Local” facebook post with your friends/followers on your facebook page with the hashtags #pgcbuylocal #jobsfirst. Here is the facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/friendsofmelfranklin/posts/1510345085688666

If you are on twitter, please like and retweet the “Buy Local” twitter message with the hashtags #pgcbuylocal #jobsfirst. Here is the tweet: https://twitter.com/melrfranklin/status/888600281856061440

If you are on instagram, please like and share the “Buy Local” instagram post with the hashtags #pgcbuylocal #jobsfirst. Here is the posting:  https://www.instagram.com/p/BW1ZCDWAhWZ/

SECOND

If you visit a local restaurant or farmers market from July 22-30, please snap a pic and post to whichever social media platform(s) you are on and use the hashtags #pgcbuylocal #jobsfirst and encourage your friends to do the same.

For yesterday’s full Prince George’s County “Buy Local” message, go to: http://www.melfranklin.net/prince-georges-county-residents-lets-buy-and-eat-local-during-maryland-buy-local-week-july-22-30/

Please help support our local businesses and create jobs!