Property Tax Lawsuit
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ABOUT THE PROPERTY TAX LAWSUIT: Price, et al v. Prince George’s County
Two county residents, Fred Price, Jr. and James K. Wass, have filed a lawsuit in the Circuit Court to force our elected officials to follow our county law and get voter approval of any property tax increases. The plaintiffs are currently seeking donations to help fund the lawsuit.
In 2015, the County Executive and County Council passed a controversial $30 million property tax increase. The tax increase violated the law because it was not placed on the 2016 election ballot for voters to approve, as required by Section 818 of our county charter, also known as TRIM.
The Prince George’s County effective property tax rate is the highest of any jurisdiction in the entire Washington D.C. metropolitan region. For example, a home valued at $250,000 would pay over $1,000 more in property taxes in Prince George’s County than in Montgomery County.
It is unacceptable for county elected officials to raise our property taxes without voter approval because many county residents are struggling with foreclosures and the average home value in the county is still well below the pre-2007 Mortgage Crisis level. We need higher home values not higher taxes.