May 26, 2005

The Honorable Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr.
President of the Senate
State House
Annapolis, MD 21401

Dear Mr. President:

In accordance with Article II, Section 17 of the Maryland Constitution, today I have vetoed Senate Bill 717 - Property Tax - Homeowners Property Tax Credit - Computation and Local Supplement.

This bill changes the definition of "total real property tax" so as to alter the application of a specified limitation on the assessed value of dwellings and specifies additional eligibility criteria that the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore City or the governing body of a county may provide by law for purposes of a local supplement to a specified homeowners property tax credit.

House Bill 1015, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by me, accomplishes the same purpose. Therefore, it is not necessary for me to sign Senate Bill 717.

Very truly yours,
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.