Proposed legislation by Delegate David Moon would remove a tax break that benefits clubs in Montgomery County, Md. The National Club Association is “working with our member clubs to gauge the interest of club leaders in working together to stop this effort.”
Shortly after the announcement, the National Club Association (NCA) issued a response:
“Currently, clubs in the county are provided the opportunity to enter into an agreement with the state that ensures the club’s land remains open space. In return for this pledge, the state reduces the assessed value of land on which the club is located. With this agreement, clubs preserve green space, limit urban sprawl and help to minimize traffic congestion.
“Delegate Moon’s measure would remove this opportunity for clubs in Montgomery County to enter into such an agreement, effectively increasing the real estate taxes for all clubs in the county. For most clubs, the increase could be five times what they are paying, or more.
“NCA is working with our member clubs to gauge the interest of club leaders in working together to stop this effort by Del. Moon,” the NCA said.
Montgomery County Delegate and the Majority Leader of the Maryland General Assembly, Del. Bill Frick (D), has indicated his concern with the measure as well, NCA reported.
“This legislation could have a significant impact on clubs throughout the county,” NCA said. “We must be vigilant and stand up for our employees and all of the businesses that support our clubs—each of whom would be affected if clubs must spend more on property taxes.”
Frick held a meeting with concerned club leaders at Chevy Chase (Md.) Club on November 2 to further discuss the issue and create a plan of action to stop it, NCA reported.