From Roy Whiteley, president of Marylanders For Fair Property Taxation:
We’re back for the seventh year with the introduction by Senator Barry Glassman’s annual effort to reform the archaic, biased, inequitable, non-uniform, subjective, unfair, and outdated property tax assessment procedures and assessment appeals system. This bill requires a task force to conduct studies and make evaluations and recommendations to improve the operation and conduct of the property tax assessment and appeals system. The task force will be staffed with select citizens having professional backgrounds and expertise conducive to conducting a review of the current assessment system, evaluate its effectiveness, study alternative methods of creating assessments which would result in fair, uniform, and equitable assessments commensurate with current market values, recommend and adopt positive reforms to the property tax assessment procedure and appeals process that will be beneficial to both the state and its taxpayers. See www.mlis.state.md.us. Fill in bill number SB 498 for full details.
Unfortunately, many of those that we elect fail to see, hear, or listen to us until we get in their face. That’s what we need to do now!!!! We need to fill the hearing room to make our presence known. NUMBERS COUNT!!!! WEAR RED!!!! We think that by design, these hearings often become “lengthy” and “shuffled” to the rear of the schedule resulting in many supporters leaving before a bill hearing is actually heard. We would suggest that you arrange car pools and be prepared to wait out the committee. We need numbers in the seats and good testimony to show your concern, interest, and support. You do not have to testify BUT for those who wish to testify — you must sign up in person at the hearing room at least one hour before the hearing. You should send a hard copy or email your testimony to Janie Ballard at Senator Barry Glassman’s office 320 Miller Senate Office Building, 11 Bladen Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401 Phone (800) 492 7122 X3603 (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) She will reproduce the necessary 35 copies for distribution to the committee and can register for you to testify if you let her know.
Contact the members of the Budget and Taxation Committee —- e-mail addresses are all in this format followed by @senate.state.md.us
Fill their mail boxes and let them know we want this bill passed from committee to the floor where it can be acted upon by ALL the legislators we elect— NOT JUST A SELECT FEW COMMITTEE MEMBERS!!!! ALSO, contact your respective senators and tell them to sign on to cosponsor and support this legislation.
Remember, Nothing Happens Unless We Make It Happen!!!!!