Provided certain conditions are met, this law provides a ten year, eighty percent (80%) annual tax credit against county personal property taxes for a newly constructed or substantially renovated grocery store located in a healthy food priority area. For purposes of the credit, a healthy food priority area is an area A) designated by County Council resolution with concurrence of the County Executive as a healthy food priority area due to a combination of the following factors: "(i)Limited availability of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthy food options in the designated area; (ii) A presence of a significant number or share of low-income residents in the designated area; (iii) Limited transportation options or access for local residents, including limited access to public transit, in the designated area; (iv) Comments from municipal governments, if applicable; and (v) Any other factors that the County Council and the County Executive determine are relevant" or (B) designated by Council resolution with concurrence of the County Executive as a healthy food priority area due to a vacancy created by a departed grocery store.
See, e.g., references to "low-income residents" "county-based minority business enterprise," and "diversity division." §§ 10-235.6(a)(3)(A)(ii), (b)(1)(C), and (b)(2)(B).
See, e.g., references to "healthy food priority area" and " fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthy food options" § 10-235.6(a)(3).
The law includes references to "transit" and "public transportation," but only with respect to areas where their availability is limited.§ 10-235.6(a)(3)(A)(iii).
See, e.g., references to "tax credit" and "minimum wage," and this language: "at least 50% of the annual work hours at the grocery store shall be worked by residents domiciled in Prince George's County, Maryland." § 10-235.6(b)(2).
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