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Taxpayers shouldn't continue to subsidize unwarranted historic tax credits

2:00 PM EDT, August 7, 2013

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Do you think it is possible that your editorial writers will ever get it through their seemingly impenetrable skulls that neither the state nor the city nor — heaven forbid — miscalculating bureaucrats ever pay for their mistakes? Taxpayers do.

It is one thing to say that homeowners who benefited from miscalculated historic property tax credits should not be billed for past miscalculations, and that taxpayers should not bear the cost of those mistakes ("Doing what's fair on the historic tax credit," Aug. 5). It is quite another thing to propose that homeowners who benefited from bureaucratic errors should continue to benefit from those errors at taxpayers' expense after the errors have been discovered and corrected.

Next, you will be suggesting that the miscalculations should continue indefinitely, so that the homeowners won't have to sell their properties for less to a purchaser who will be "burdened" by the properly calculated historic property tax credit.

Bob Price, Lutherville