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Tax credit for Baltimore police, firefighters OK'd by General Assembly

The General Assembly has given final approval to legislation granting a property tax break to first responders who buy a home in Baltimore.

The measure, which now goes to Gov. Larry Hogan for his consideration, allows the city to give Baltimore police officers, sheriff's deputies and firefighters a tax credit of up to $2,500.

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The bill leaves it up to the mayor and City Council to spell out the details.

The governor has not taken a position on the proposal, a spokesman said.

The bill is a priority of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who sees the tax incentive as a way to increase the number of officers and other first responders who live in the communities they serve.

About a quarter of  Baltimore's police force lives in the city, and roughly a third its firefighters, according to a 2012 report by the Abell Foundation.

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