Happy Thursday, everyone! Today is the last day of May which means that summer is nearly upon us. I hope that everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend! For those of you living here in Maryland, we experienced pretty warm weather and sunshine for most of the weekend. However, by Sunday afternoon, the clouds rolled in and the rain came down in buckets. Many low-lying areas, especially Ellicott City, were severely flooded causing loss of life as well as significant property damage.

I’m sure everyone has seen at least some of the coverage of the devastating flooding that took place on Sunday afternoon. Governor Hogan declared a state of emergency that afternoon so that flooding victims in Ellicott City and surrounding areas could have access to much needed assistance.

In light of all of the damage caused by flooding, the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) is encouraging residents who have been victims of property damage from the recent weather to contact their offices to potentially have their property assessments reduced. For more information, visit the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation’s website.

Those Maryland residents which were affected can simply fill out the online PDF application and email it to their local Assessments and Taxation office. Over the next few weeks, SDAT assessors will be surveying damage when visiting areas affected by flooding.

If assessors confirm a decrease in the value of property, an amended property assessment will be sent to the County Finance Officer and a new tax bill will be issued or, if the owner already paid the tax, a prorated abatement will be issued.

Governor Hogan as well as MEMA (Maryland Emergency Management Agency) are encouraging people to stay safe and continue to monitor weather conditions (as more rain is expected this week) before venturing into areas affected by significant flooding.

As many are still reeling from the damage and beginning the long process of rebuilding, our thoughts and prayers remain with all those affected.

If you have questions about the tax implications from damage incurred from this storm (or others), give our office a call and schedule your free consultation today!

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Information from news@info.maryland.gov