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Frederick Co. seniors to get break on property taxes

Wednesday - 1/4/2012, 10:12am  ET

WASHINGTON -- The Frederick County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a property tax credit for seniors.

"We've had a lot of seniors go to Pennsylvania, West Virginia or Virginia because of the tax burdon here, so we want our seniors to stay here, to stay put in Frederick County and retire, and retire with dignity," says Blaine Young, president of the board.

The measure will offer certain homeowners older than 65 a 20 percent break on their net county taxes. It will apply to seniors who qualify for the state's homeowner tax credit program and have an annual income of $60,000 or less.

County staffers estimated that the credit will shave about $186,400 from the taxes of 1,626 recipients.

The vote to approve the measure was 4-1, with Commissioner Paul Smith the only board member to oppose it.

WTOP's David Burd and the Frederick News Post contributed to this story. Follow David and WTOP on Twitter.

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