Delegate Al Carr's newsletter - Sept 12, 2017
Dear Friend,

I hope you had an enjoyable summer.

Despite all that is in the news, my staff and I are back at work and busy researching and preparing legislation for the January 2018 legislative session. Please help me shape my plan of action by letting us know your thoughts and suggestions. Many of the best ideas for bills come from constituents.

Below are a few updates I thought might be of interest.

I look forward to keeping in touch. Let me know if I may be of assistance to you.

Sincerely,
Al
Delegate Al Carr
301 858-3638 office phone
Property Taxes - Homeowners Tax Credit Deadline Extended to September 15, 2017
The Homeowners Property Tax Credit provides tax relief based on income and age. This valuable state and county program requires an annual application and has been historically under-subscribed. The deadline to apply this year has been extended to Friday, September 15, 2017 . Click here to download the HTC-60 form or to get more information.

Property tax bills for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017 are available for viewing online via this page on the Montgomery County government web site . Property tax bills are determined by the assessment (updated every three years) times the tax rate. State, County and Municipal property taxes all appear on the same bill. County property tax rates are set by the County Council, State property tax rates are set by the Board of Public Works and municipal tax rates are set by municipal governments.
New $5,000 Tax Credit addressing student loan debt - apply by September 15th
Have you (or do you know someone who has) incurred at least $20,000 in undergraduate student loan debt and have at least $5,000 in outstanding undergraduate student loan debt remaining? If so you may be eligible for a tax credit of up to $5,000 on your 2017 personal income tax.
 
As a result of legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly, this new tax credit is now available for Maryland residents. The deadline is September 15th to be eligible to receive a credit on this year’s taxes. The tax credit is also available in future years.

There is a total of $5 million of tax credits available. Priority will be given to those with the highest ratio of student debt to gross income and then to those who graduated from Maryland institutions. You can find out more about the tax credit and get an application form by going to:  http://mhec.maryland.gov/preparing/Pages/StudentLoanDebtReliefTaxCredit.aspx .
School Notes
Congratulations to all of our returning students! A sincere thanks to our hard-working teachers and administrators, PTA officials and volunteers. The following District 18 schools are welcoming new principals for the upcoming school year: Kensington Parkwood Elementary - Candace Ross, Woodlin Elementary - Craig Jackson, Silver Creek Middle School-Dr. Traci Townsend. Have a happy and safe school year!

The Chart below shows a 50% increase in state school construction funding dollars for Montgomery County over the years! Though impressive, there is still a lot we can do to ensure Montgomery County schools are the best in the nation.
Delegate Al Carr Scholarships
My office was proud to award 76 scholarships this year to District 18 residents pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees this fall at Maryland institutions of higher learning. Congratulations to the awardees! Click here for a full list of this year’s awardees. Scholarship applications will be accepted beginning in January 2018 for the next award cycle.
Transportation Notes - Roadwork Near You:
  • East West Highway and Grubb Road - ongoing reconstruction work
  • Veirs Mill Rd - resurfacing
  • Georgia Avenue near 16th Street - resurfacing
  • Cedar Lane and Summit Avenue - At the time of this writing, WSSC expected to complete pipe work related to their water main replacement projects by Labor Day. Repaving of the roadway is expected to be completed by Thanksgiving.
  • Rockville Pike (Route 355) - ongoing lane closures for construction of a new east side station entrance, tunnels and elevators at Medical Center metrorail station. This project will last for several years.
Summit Avenue Extension in Kensington - September 14th Public Meeting Scheduled
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) held a public meeting on June 13 to present options for extending Summit Avenue in Kensington northward to connect with Farragut Avenue.
MCDOT has agreed to solicit additional public input. The second public meeting is scheduled for 7pm-9pm on September 14th at 3710 Mitchell Street in Kensington. There will be a presentation at 7:45pm and the opportunity for questions and answers.
MTA Announces Capital Crescent Trail Closure for 4-5 years for Purple Line Construction
At the end of August, the Maryland Transit Administration announced plans close the entire trail between Bethesda and Silver Spring for 4-5 years starting on Tuesday Sept 5th. As word spread about the closure plan, it came to light that the Maryland Department of Transportation had quietly reduced the required notice period without notifying the County . I heard from many constituents about the short notice and the absence of a phased closure plan . I have shared this feedback with the Governor’s Office as well as with the County Executive and the County Council. Want to be kept up to date on Purple Line construction? Click on this link to sign up
Veirs Mill Road Corridor Master Plan community meeting scheduled for Oct 4, 2017
Members of the public are invited to provide feedback on initial ideas to improve Veirs Mill Road and surrounding areas as part of Montgomery Planning's Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan. Topics include: Pedestrian and bicycle safety, Connectivity, Access to transit and community facilities, Improvements to the streetscape on Veirs Mill Road
Wed, October 4, 2017,  7 to 9 p.m.
Newport Mill Middle School (11311 Newport Mill Road, Kensington, MD)
Montgomery County Delegation Fall Annual Meeting Schedule for Transportation and Local Legislation
The following four Delegation meetings will all take place at 7pm in the 3rd Floor Hearing Room, Stella Werner Council Office Bldg., 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850. The meetings will be carried live over County Cable Montgomery (Channel 6 on Comcast and Channel 30 on Verizon) and can also be live streamed on County Cable Montgomery's website:

  • Thursday, November 2, 2017 - Consolidated Transportation Program Presentation ("Road Show") by the Maryland Department of Transportation.
  • This is a presentation of the state’s proposed spending plan for transportation. Elected officials are invited to ask questions and the public is welcome to attend.
  • Monday, November 13, 2017 - Joint House and Senate Priorities Hearing.
  • This hearing is an opportunity for the public to respond to the Road Show and to bring other issues of importance for the 2018 Session to the attention of the legislators. Individuals and organizations are invited to testify.
  • Monday, December 4, 2017- Bill Hearing #1 on local/bi-county bills
  • Local bills refer to legislation affecting issues specific to Montgomery County. Bi-County bills refer to legislation that requires the approval of the Montgomery County and the Prince George’s County Delegations.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - Bill Hearing #2 on local/bi-county bills