Vacant, but Not Taxed for it on Montello
I recently called the city about this property, located at the intersection of Morse & Montello, because I noticed that the back door had been ripped off (so the vacant building was no longer secure). I also got curious and checked the real property tax database. I discovered that this building (that the database identifies as being owned by a Silver Spring resident)is not being taxed heavily enough. I know for a fact that this structure has been boarded-up for years, but the owner has been paying only the standard (non-homeowner occupied) tax rate for residential structures (currently $0.96 per $100 of assessed value). Because this particular structure is clearly vacant, he should have been paying the considerably higher rate of $5.00 per $100 of assessed value. Luckily the city hasn't done its 2006 inspections yet, so the office that I spoke to promised to add this address to the list of properties to be inspected. Still, I'm frustrated that I didn't notice this earlier. How long has this owner (who neighborhood rumor has it refuses to sell, or improve) been able to sit on a neighborhood eyesore without even paying that tax penalty legally required by the District?