Property Tax Update – Press Conference Wednesday, October 4th @ noon

To:  King Forest residents and all homeowners in Prince George’s County

From: Charles A. Brown
Sent:
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Subject: {district2community} Fwd: Property Tax Update – Press Conf Wed., Oct 4th @ noon

Dear Neighbors,

By now, we have all received our recent Property Tax Bill in the mail.  Yes, our property taxes did increase.  Here’s why:

1.  The state’s assessment of the value of our homes increased.  This is good news as the County is seeing its housing market recover from the 2008 housing crisis, and our property values are rising!

2.  The County did increase our property beyond what Section 813 of the County’s Charter allows. This was illegal.
You may recall the outrage that most residents hadin 2015 when the current administration wanted double digit percentage increases in our property taxes.  The County Council heard our plea and reduced that proposed increase, but still raised our taxes beyond what Tax Reform Initiative by Marylanders – TRIM – allows ($0.96 per $100 assessed value) without voter approval.  Simply put, we should have voted on this tax increase during November 2016 general elections; it was not one of the 7 Questions on the ballot, BUT SHOULD HAVE BEEN.

HERE IS THE UPDATE:  Several citizens who are members of the watchdog group, PG Tax Watch, filed a lawsuit for against the County for failure to seek voter referendum for the property tax increase.  The County twice filed Motions to Dismiss the lawsuit, but both were denied.  The latest denial came last week so the case is going to trial this fall.

A press conference on this development in favor of County taxpayers is being held this

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at noon at the

County Administration Building

in Upper Marlboro, MD.

Please join us if you are available.  More importantly, PG Tax Watch needs your support in its legal team’s advocacy.  You can donate to the legal defense by visiting the website: PG Tax Watch. 

Please share this email with your neighbors.

(By the way, my view is that incremental increase over the years consistent with TRIM would have been just as beneficial, and the financial impact felt less.)

Staying engaged and keeping you informed and educated,

Tamara Davis Brown

 

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MISSED COLLECTION – YARD WASTE

ALL YARD WASTE IN PRINCE GEORGE’S  COUNTY IS SCHEDULED FOR PICKUP ON MONDAYS

If MONDAY is your collection day, crews have until 8pm to complete their collection routes. If your materials are not picked up by 8pm, please call 3-1-1 (301-883-4748) on the next business day.  A Customer Service Representative will be glad to assist you. 

HOMEOWNERS RESPONSIBILITIES

Did you have your items out before 6am? Collections begin at 6am.

If you answer “Yes” to any of the following questions, please correct the situation and set the items out for the next collection day:

Is the yard waste in plastic bags? Place the items in brown paper bags or solid reusable containers.

Do you have branches in the yard waste? Remove them.

Are the branches tied in bundles no more than 4 ft. in length and 3 inches in diameter (width)? If not, tie them up and ensure they do not exceed the length and diameter (width).

Containers must be less than 60 lbs. in order to be collected. Please reduce the weight of the containers to meet the weight requirement, if applicable.

Tips for Household Trash, Recycling, Yard Waste and Bulky Trash Pickup

General:

– Collection is not considered missed until after 8 PM on your collection day. Please do not call before that time to report a miss.
– All items must be placed AT THE CURB before 6 AM on your collection day.
– Items must not be blocked by a vehicle in any way.
– Trash and Recycling Containers or Yard Waste may not exceed 60 pounds in weight.
– Recyclables or Yard Waste may not be mixed in with regular Household Trash

Recycling:

– Trash may not be placed in Recycling containers
– Non-Recyclables may not be placed in Recycling Containers (i.e. plastic bags and film)
– Containers must be clearly marked for Recycling if not a County issued recycling    container.

Yard Waste:

– Yard Waste may must be in paper bags – NO PLASTIC.
– Yard Waste may be placed in a container marked “YARD WASTE” or “YARD TRIM”
– Branches must be no more than 4 feet long or 3 inches in diameter
– Branches must be bundled and tied.

Bulky Trash:

– Additional items may not be added to the Bulky Pickup once the request has been scheduled.
– Household Trash, Recycling or Yard Waste may not be included in a Bulky pickup
– Improper Materials may not be included (ex. Glass/Mirrors, Auto Parts, Construction Materials, etc.)
– Infested items may not be included (bed bugs, rats, roaches, etc.)

 

SPRING CLEANING

Kings Forest let’s get together in May for our second annual Spring Cleaning.  The main focus of the cleanup will be planting flowers and mulching the Kings Forest Gateway area.

Any suggestions or recommendations for May dates would be appreciated. Please send me suggested dates by April 13, 2017.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Picture from last event (lots of fun)!V__2D18