Potentially inflated tax bills
John Fritze reports today that city homeowners in "special benefits districts" such as Charles Village and Mount Vernon may have overpaid:
At issue is whether a popular tax credit should be applied to additional levies collected by the Charles Village Community Benefits District and the Midtown Community Benefits District to offer extra garbage collection and private security guards.
For years, the city has applied the Homestead Tax Credit to property taxes that support city services, but not to the benefits districts' tax rate, which might have resulted in small overpayments by thousands of homeowners.
The city solicitor's office said in an opinion this week that any credit that applies to the city's regular property tax should also apply to the benefits districts' tax. But after questions from The Sun about whether that meant prior tax bills were calculated incorrectly, the city withdrew the opinion.