ANNAPOLIS — Delegate Richard C. Matthews, R-Carroll, said he is "shocked" at Gov. William Donald Schaefer's proposal to charge a $25 fee to homeowners who want to appeal their property tax bills.
"This action just adds insult to injury," said Matthews. "First, the homeowner is zonkedwith an out-of-sight tax bill. And then, when he tries to work within the system to appeal it, he is going to be charged a $25 fee."
If approved by the General Assembly, the fees would generate about $400,000 next year.
In 1989 statewide, 7,822 appeals reached theAppeals Board. In 1990, 13,500 appeals came before the board.
In Carroll County, the appeals rose from 1,107 in 1990 to 1,402 in 1991,an increase of 27 percent.
"It should be emphasized that the risein appeals is a direct reflection of the soaring assessments," Matthews said. "Over the past three years, the average annual assessment increase statewide was 11.7 percent. In Carroll County, that increasewas 11.8 percent."