The one-time application is a relatively new requirement — the General Assembly mandated it in 2007 to cut down on ineligibility problems, setting the deadline at the end of this year to give homeowners plenty of time. But Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young and other council members are worried that some residents will see their tax bills spike next July because they don't know about the requirement.
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Some property owners who haven't applied could be ineligible. Landlords and others who don't live in their property as a primary residence aren't supposed to get the credit.
Homeowners can download an application at http://www.dat.state.md.us/sdatweb/homestead_app.htm or type in their address at http://sdatcert3.resiusa.org/rp_rewrite to see if they've already applied. Information: 410-767-2165 or firstname.lastname@example.org.