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Deadline is December 31st

Annapolis (December 24, 2012) - County Executive John R. Leopold today reminded citizens to make sure they are signed up for an important property tax credit that could save hundreds or thousands of dollars.

“The deadline set by the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation to apply for the Homestead Tax Credit is December 31, 2012,” County Executive Leopold said. “You could pay hundreds or thousands of dollars more on your bill next year if you are not enrolled. Be sure to go online or call the office to find out if you are eligible. Many people are unfamiliar with this program because their taxes are paid by a mortgage company, but it is very important to pay attention to this.”

It is very simple to determine if you are approved for the Maryland Homestead Tax Credit. Go to the State database at and type in your address. At the bottom of the page there is a field that says “Homestead Application Status” to see if you are approved. You can also call 410-974-5709 to speak with the Department.


If you are approved, there is nothing you need to do. If you are not approved, you can apply online by going to Be sure to have a copy of your most recent assessment notice handy to fill out your information.


The Homestead Tax Credit protects homeowners from sudden and sometimes dramatic increases in property tax bills from reassessments. Once a homeowner is eligible for the credit, his or her property tax can increase by no more than 2 percent in a given tax year.


The deadline to apply is December 31, 2012. There is no way to appeal your bill once the deadline has passed.



Nearly 400 Citizens Donated Items
Annapolis, MD (December 21, 2012) - County Executive John R. Leopold is proud to report that the Holiday Sharing Program administered by the Department of Social Services has delivered cards, food and gifts to 9,000 needy families.
“The outpouring of support from the community to those in need during this holiday season has been tremendous,” County Executive Leopold said. “We want to thank all of the people who took a moment to help families who have been struggling in difficult economic times.”
This year the Department sent out 9,000 cards to families and seniors on cash assistance and food stamps.  At Thanksgiving, 1,115 families and 185 seniors received food, and 1,915 families and 212 seniors received food and gifts for Christmas. Upon hearing this number of people in need, some donors asked for more families and seniors to assist.  Others came personally to offering cash to be converted into gift cards.  Some needy families called and asked to be taken off the list so that others more in need could be helped. 
Thirty-two organizations partnered with the department to make this program a success, including the Salvation Army (both Annapolis and Glen Burnie), Santa Claus Anonymous, Marine Corps Toys for Tots, NCEON, SPAN, numerous churches from Brooklyn Park to Lothian, shelters and food banks.  These organizations combined assisted 4,082 families and seniors for Thanksgiving and Christmas.




Experts will provide updates on what improvements can be made


Annapolis, MD (December 18, 2012) - County Executive John R. Leopold today announced that he will host a forum to discuss mental health initiatives in the wake of the Connecticut shooting and other tragedies across the nation.


“Mental health is a key piece in our discussion about how to prevent these terrible events, which often a perpetrated by a lone gunman who goes unnoticed until the unthinkable happens,” County Executive Leopold said. “We can do more as a community to stop these ticking time bombs before they explode.”


The forum will be held at Anne Arundel Community College on February 12th in the Cade Building, Room 219, from 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.


The panel will revisit topics discussed at a forum the County Executive initiated on mental health two years ago. Experts will evaluate what progress has been made in identifying and treating mental illness and identify persistent gaps.


The County has taken several steps to strengthen mental illness and public safety initiatives, including increased funding for the Anne Arundel County

Mental Health Agency and the Crisis Response System, expanding the School Resource Officer Initiative to middle schools and hiring a Mental Health Services director at the Jennifer Road Detention Center. The County created a middle school parenting program within the Parenting Center at Anne Arundel Community College to help train parents identify warning signs for bullying, suicide prevention and gang activity.


Panelists representing the following agencies will be invited to serve on the panel: Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency, Inc., Anne Arundel County Police, Anne Arundel County Department of Health, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Baltimore-Washington Medical Center, Anne Arundel County Detention Services, Anne Arundel County Crisis Response System, Anne Arundel Medical Center and Anne Arundel Community College.



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