Montgomery Co. Council to hold special session for property taxes

WASHINGTON — The Montgomery County Council will hold a special legislative session to allow residents to prepay their property taxes.

The decision comes in the wake of the new tax law that has a $10,000 cap on property tax deductions beginning on Jan. 1, 2018. Wealthy homeowners in the county can save a lot of money by prepaying their property taxes.

Montgomery County, and several other counties in the D.C. area are some of the richest in the country.

Councilmember Roger Berliner had pushed for the plan, but county officials dismissed the idea as being unworkable due to a tight time frame.

“Earlier this week the Council concluded that the prepayment option raised many serious questions,” said Council President Hans Reimer. “Nevertheless, we must act. This problem was created by the federal government’s reckless tax bill. These are not ordinary times.”

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 26 at 10 a.m. Residents can get information about how they can prepay their property taxes at the council meet and through other “additional communications.”

Officials in Washington County, Maryland, and Fairfax County, Virginia, have said residents could prepay property taxes as long as they acted quickly.

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