Right time for green property-tax credit

November 03, 2011

Calvin Ball has seized the moment, and the rest of the County Council would do well to join him.

Ball has proposed a property tax credit for new apartment buildings, townhouses or single-family houses that achieve at least a silver rating under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system. His bill, co-sponsored by Courtney Watson, comes at what seems the perfect time.

The economy continues to stumble, but even in the worst of times Howard County always seems to attract new residences, and housing will almost certainly arise at an above-average pace. Giving builders and developers incentive to reduce the carbon footprint of that housing while keeping it affordable will help stimulate the growth of green jobs and lower fuel costs for residents.

In the parlance of retail, this is a limited-time offer. The credit would be available for only five years, and its value would decrease over its life.

"I think it's a great opportunity to increase green technology and innovation, and not only spur economic development but environmental sustainability," Ball said.

We agree, and urge the other three council members to support the measure.

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