Call to Action!
Budget Vote May 26!
Oppose the New Vacant Property Tax Class Rate!
May 26, 2010Mayor Fenty's proposed graduated fee system for vacant property with no exemptions has been scrapped. Councilmembers Muriel Bowser and Jack Evans have offered substitute language that establishes a new Vacant Property Tax Class Rate - a Fourth Property Tax Class Rate at $5.00 per $100 of assessed value - 5% of the Property's Value.
This morning, May 26, before the budget vote is taken, we would like you to voice your concerns about this new Vacant Property Tax Class Rate.
Even though a property owner is still required to register their vacant building, the Bowser-Evans substitute language would allow for a number of exemptions from the vacant property registration fee of $250 including:
However, if the property does not qualify for an exemption, the property will have to pay the $250 registration fee AND be subject to the newly created - Vacant Property Tax Class Rate of $5/$100 of assessed value.
The Bowser-Evans proposal will create four property tax class rates in the District:
Over $2.5 million dollars will be generated from this new Vacant Property Tax Class Rate. Unfortunately, this money will fund other programs not related to improving nuisance or blighted properties.
Your REALTOR® associations have been fighting these issues throughout the budget process and strongly advocated for five particular points:
We would like to thank all who have taken part in the process. Without you, Councilmembers would not have heard our concerns and there would be no exemptions or exempt properties.
Contact the DC Councilmembers today. Tell them:
E-mail all Councilmembers at: firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact individual Councilmembers:
Council Chair Vince Gray: email@example.com - 202-724-8032
At-Large Councilmember Michael Brown: firstname.lastname@example.org - 202-724-8105
At-Large Councilmember Kwame Brown: email@example.com - 202-724-8174
At-Large Councilmember David Catania: firstname.lastname@example.org - 202-724-7772
At-Large Councilmember Phil Mendelson: email@example.com - 202-724-8064
Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham: firstname.lastname@example.org - 202-724-8181
Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans: email@example.com - 202-724-8058
Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh: firstname.lastname@example.org - 202-724-8062
Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser: email@example.com - 202-724-8052
Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr.: firstname.lastname@example.org - 202-724-8028
Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells: email@example.com - 202-724-8072
Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander: firstname.lastname@example.org - 202-724-8068
Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry: email@example.com - 202-724-8045
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