From Aberdeen Communities Together:
Dear Concerned Citizen(s):
If you haven’t been reading the recent local newspapers, the Retirement Community of Carsins Run (AKA: Presbyterian Homes) and their lobbyist(s) have convinced Mary-Delany James to propose a bill that would again REQUIRE the County and the City to wave (forgive) property taxes on *ALL* of their planed development for 15 years. The bill as it was initially read may be seen at: http://mlis.state.md.us/2011rs/billfile/HB0584.htm
In this bill, Ms. James proposes a “SWAP” of this potential city revenue from Presbyterian Homes but “in trade” will allow the County and City to impose a small Hotel/Room Tax. As I said in my original e-mail that requested you to call Ms. James’ office to voice your displeasure, I feel that this is “BLACKMAIL” and the two items, other than both having the word “tax” involved, are TOTALLY unrelated!
A couple of years ago, our (YOUR) telephone *calls* and *_e-mails_* to Del. Sheila Hixson (http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa12241.html); Chair of the Ways and Means Committee were responsible for her making the “mandatory legislation” initially requested, to “enabling” giving the county and the municipality a voice. At that time, OUR CITY rejected the plan.
We, the group ACT and I ask you to again get involved and simply send an e-mail to Del. Hixson (firstname.lastname@example.org) telling her how you feel. OR if you prefer to call by telephone, her number has been given as (410) 841-3469. She is a busy lady and you will probably speak to her aide, TJ if you call.
ACT truly feels that our elected officials are doing what is right in this situation and would like to advise both Del. Mary-Delany James and the State of Maryland that if the Independent Living areas of any retirement community are Property Tax exempt, all other properties housing retired citizens should also be granted the same benefit!