Harford weighs tax credit bill to preserve land

May 13, 1994

The Harford County Council is considering a bill that would create a property tax credit for landowners who preserve environmentally valuable land through a conservation easement.

The bill was developed by the Harford County Environmental Land Preservation Commission and was introduced at the request of County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann.

A conservation easement is a restriction placed on a deed that permanently limits or prohibits development of the land.

Easements are typically held by nonprofit organizations called land trusts.

If passed by the council, landowners could donate an easement to a land trust and then apply to the county Treasury Department for a property tax credit.

Land would have to meet criteria developed by the commission to be eligible.

The bill, 94-34, is scheduled for a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. May 31 in County Council chambers, on Level A of the County Courthouse in Bel Air.

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