Harford County Outdoor Dining To Continue, Property Tax Credit Expanded, And Free Shredding And Waste Disposal


A view from a dock at Concord Point Park in Havre de Grace. (Credit: Van Fisher/Patch)

HARFORD COUNTY - In his final community newsletter as a County Executive, Barry Glassman announced the continuation of outdoor dining in the county, an expansion of the Property Tax Credit for Seniors and Veterans, and a free waste disposal and shredding event.

In October, Harford County passed legislation to continue offering outdoor dining. The County Council voted to extend emergency legislation adopted during the pandemic, which limits parking and other requirements to allow for more outdoor dining space. According to County Executive Barry Glassman, outdoor dining has been popular with patrons across the county.

"Harford County was first in the state to lift these local requirements, and restaurant owners say outdoor dining has helped them recover. It's also popular with diners, so it made sense to keep it going and allow time to consider more permanent solutions."

Harford Mulch and Compost facility at 3139 Scarboro Road is hosting a free shredding and hazardous waste disposal event on Saturday, November 12, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Residents are invited to bring any leftover material that is corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive to the mulch and compost facility for free disposal. Examples of household hazardous waste include oil-based paints, solvents, pesticides, herbicides, drain cleaners, and pool chemicals.

This event is for residents only. No commercial businesses are allowed. Visit the county website for a complete list of acceptable items.

Glassman also announced that the 20% property tax credit for retired veterans and senior citizens will expand to include more homeowners.

The occupancy requirement to qualify for the 20% property tax credit has been reduced from 40 to 35 years in the same home, and the limit on assessed property value has been raised from $400,000 to $600,000. Additionally, the property tax credit was initially only offered to qualified applicants for five years but will now be available for a 20-year period.

These changes to the tax credit will take effect at the beginning of the 2024 fiscal year, and applications will be posted to the county website in January 2023.

Glassman also took the time to thank Harford County for his years of service.

"It has been a privilege to lead this beautiful county. I was born here, I've lived here all my life, and with the birth of my grandson, Brooks, my family continues to grow here. I also want to thank our dedicated county employees, who never missed a day, even through a pandemic, to care for their fellow citizens. Thanks also to my leadership team and everyone I've met and served over the past eight years. Together, you made a dream come true for this boy from Level."

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