Go for Property Tax Credit

Montgomery County officials are urging eligible homeowners to take advantage of the county's expanded property tax credit program and apply by the Sept. 1 deadline.

A household with an income of less than $55,000 annually can apply for a credit that averages $900.

"Everyone needs property tax fairness but especially those on fixed incomes or those who may be house-rich but cash-poor," Council President Tom Perez (D-Silver Spring) said in a statement. "This expanded tax credit can help more county residents in a bigger way."

For more information on the property tax credit program and how and where to apply, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov and click on "Apply for a Property Tax Credit."

Sounding Out the Audience

To improve its understanding of audiences' interests, the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown is organizing an online focus group, for which participants are needed.

Participants will be anonymous and will be asked to log onto the focus group bulletin board on three consecutive days, for at least 15 minutes each day.

Those who wish to share their opinions may contact Chuck Benjamin, BlackRock's director of public relations and marketing, at 240-912-1057 or cbenjamin@blackrockcenter.org. For more information about the center or its upcoming season, call 301-528-2260 or visit www.blackrockcenter.org.