All homeowners in Maryland are assessed a tax on their property every year. The SDAT website has this to say about the property tax:
“Counties and cities depend on the property tax and a portion of the income tax to make up their budgets. The property tax makes up about 30% of the average county budget and over 35% of the average city budget. State government is primarily funded by the income tax and the sales tax.” You can read more by going HERE
Depending on where you live, your tax amount is calculated by taking the assessment of your home’s value and applying the tax rate to it in accordance with where the property is located. For every $100,000 that a property is valued, the taxes on it could be about $1000. So for a property valued at $300,000, it could be around $3000 per year. The actual property tax bill would give the exact numbers.
Someone asked the question on this website about Ms. Proctor’s annual property tax bill which was reading at Zero. We have to thank you for bringing this to our attention, because we too now have questions about it. How fortunate for her to not be assessed thousands of dollars each year on her house in Baltimore city. Geez, years without paying Maryland income taxes and then years of not having to pay the annual property tax bill! How much financial prosperity can one person have?
Well, it turns out that Ms. Proctor has somehow qualified for a complete exemption of her full annual property tax due to her alleged status of 100% disability. In Maryland, a veteran can get a break on their property tax bill, but not for a partial amount. Here’s what we mean: if you have a 50% disability, you won’t qualify because the State doesn’t give 50% breaks (unfortunately, we think). So for all of you veterans who have served our country and have a 25%, 50% or even a 75% service-related disability, Maryland won’t give you any tax break. Here is the actual form that the veteran has to complete:
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How do we know that Ms. Proctor got this 100% rating? Look no further than the courthouse mentioned extensively on this website, where you will find the document that she completed, and then search the net for confirmation. To make things easier, we’ve put them here for you. First, her completed form that she evidently submitted to the Supervisor of Assessments office:
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It does have a signature from Veteran’s Affairs, but through an investigation, we have learned that the Baltimore Veteran’s Affairs office used rubber stamps for the signature of “Cheryl Flohr” that you see on the form. Hmm, surely one doesn’t just need a rubber stamped signature to get a full exemption from the personal property tax do you? Well no, the form does actually state that the veteran needs to submit a copy of their DD-214 along with the form. Okay, now we’re getting somewhere. Fortunately for us, we have Gail Renai Proctor’s DD-214 that was provided courtesy of a FOIA request. And here it is:
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Wait! Do you see what we see? At the bottom, in box #23? It indicates that the separation was a result of “retirement”. So, no mention in any way, shape or form of a medical discharge? No mention of anything medical except for the dental information contained in the #18 block. Surely you can’t be diagnosed as 100% disabled (and PTSD at that) as a result of some dental issue, can you?
So WHO exactly is it that would have written “post traumatic stress disorder” on that Maryland exemption form, and WHERE did they get their information?
Before you say “maybe the form wasn’t approved”, we will offer this: a link was found on the internet that takes you to the minutes for the Board of Estimates hearing that was done years ago when Proctor first requested this exemption. HERE is the link, and on page 28 you will find that “..she meets the status of a disabled individual..” according to what she provided to them. Below is the actual page.
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There must be a DD-214 that reads “medical discharge” somewhere out in the universe, though we don’t know where it would have come from. We couldn’t help but notice that box #30 of the DD-214 contained a request for a “copy” of the very form that would have needed to be submitted both to the veteran’s STATE VA office, as well as to the Maryland Assessor’s office. We assume that the tax exemption form was checked by someone at the State for accuracy, but who knows. And we assume that the Maryland VA office would have checked to ensure that the DD-214 copy that they received was the same as the one contained in the vet’s personnel records. But as usual, one and one does not equal two when we are looking at things related to the statements and finances of this fish, “under penalty of perjury”.
Note to the State of Maryland: you might want to go directly to a National Veteran’s Affairs source in order to corroborate any allegation of service-related 100% PTSD made by someone who was a “flight attendant”. You should be able to rely on the honesty of people, but some just aren’t. And a note to the US Government: unless your paperwork is inaccurate, and (if it is) her 100% PTSD rating extended back to the 90s, does it somehow explain the creation of a fictitious husband that SHE believes is real? Maybe!!
What do YOU think?