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Speak Out: Is the Maryland Income Tax Increase an Attack on Montgomery County?

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce and some lawmakers think the tax hike unfairly places most of the burden on Montgomery County.

Small business owners: It’s your turn to speak out. How will the Maryland state income tax hike affect you?

The Maryland General Assembly in May passed a tax plan that would impose an increase in the income tax rate for high-income Marylanders, and Montgomery County residents may shoulder the share of that burden, according to a Gazette report.

The increase will affect single filers making an adjustable gross income of $100,000 or more, and couples claiming more than $150,000—meaning that more than 93,500 of Montgomery County’s annual returns annual fall under the hike. 

“Of the $154.7 million in expected additional annual revenue, $62.9 million or 40.7 percent will come from Montgomery County residents,” the report stated. “However, only an additional $10.2 million in state income tax revenue will come back to the county.”

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce has likened the hike to an attack on small business, according to Kathy Snyder, the organization's president and chief executive officer.

"A lot of small business owners are going to be paying more in income taxes in a time when we are relying on these small businesses to come out of the recession," Snyder told The Gazette.

Some lawmakers believe the tax increase also ignores the cost of living for many families in Montgomery County.

“A family of four living on $150,000 in Baltimore County simply has a much easier time paying the bills than a similar family living in Montgomery County,” Del. Ariana Kelly (D-Dist. 16) of Bethesda told The Gazette.

bill marshall May 30, 2012 at 02:04 AM
The teachers salaries cap at 103 but don't forget the 60% of salary retirement package and massive time off when they only wor 195 days a year ANYWAY. The principals and other administrators recive WAY MORE than 103k a year and there are probaly twice as many as they need. Why has the cost of education gone UP when technology has brought administrative costs DOWN in every other industry? Why with the low cost of giant High defintiion screens do we need all these field trips? Why does the President of the United state disrupt traffic in the county for hours to vist an elementary school when he can skype and call on those students by name? He would be 15 feet tall pon a big screen and LIVE! Montgomery county wastes money everywhere on everyting.... we plant trees underneath power lines and streetlamps and then blame pepco when they break.... We install wheel chair ramps and yellow blind pads inthe median on conncecticut avenue where it is 6 lanes and not at an intersection.. (just north of Weller road as you come down the hil) Illegal immigrants can come to Montgomery county on a monday with a baby and get FREE health care for the baby and the mother, food stamps and put on a list for free or subsidized housing. We plow bike paths in winter so that idiots can ride bicycles on black ice.
bill marshall May 30, 2012 at 02:05 AM
The police can switch to 30/40% smaller cars and call for backup when they need to arrest somebody. there is no reason for a bazillion hemis running around sucking fuel. The court system and get a reality check and have all the small cases heard in a classroom without al of the pomp and circumstance for smal junk. (use an empty schools classroom) Have any of you ever been to the county office building ? it is a palace compared to the small busineses that stuggle to pay for it. Why should we EVER pay for art? let people donate it, put photos of the art work online and let citizens vote up or down as acceptable and appropriate. Stop all the out of town trips. The internet can take these people anywhere they need to go. Make employees take online classes like small business do with their employees. This county wastes about 40 cents on every dollar.... Name ONE area that is not a waste
macadoodle May 30, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Good stuff, Mr. Marshall, especially about the stuff, especially the outlandish sculptures, which pass for artwork. Unfortunately, your on-the-mark comments will unleash a storm of criticism, perhaps even vicious comments, from those intent on attacking the messenger. For what it's worth from me, thumbs up.
B Allen May 31, 2012 at 01:35 AM
@online, yeah, make a donation while a REAL American is homeless, walks up to your car at one of the various street corners around MoCo and asks for a little spare change and all you do is turn your head and look away...oh wait, you also roll up your window if you don't ahve the AC on. These people are NOT unfortunate. They are told that they are entitled to our tax dollars. You don't get it and you probably never will. Oh btw, I guess you never read the socialsit rag that Imposted where the leader of casa is a known socialist and preaches about a revolution taking place in the USA, well it won't happen on my watch. You are pathetic.
running_on_empty June 01, 2012 at 05:25 AM
Does anyone remember P.G. County in 1970. It was the wealthiest county in the area. O'Malley is just driving another stake into a dying body with more tax increases. The truth will set you free. Maybe some of you should start reading the local paper: 1. MOCO budget increased by 38% from end of 2005 thru 2009 - Information available on county website. 2. Although Montgomery’s population — about 1 million — grew by 100,000 from 2000 to 2010, the county lost about 5,500 jobs during that same period. Friday, October 07, 2011 Gazette.Net 3. Montgomery expects to pay about $290 million in interest and payments associated with its debt this year — a figure that would increase to $391 million in the next four years at the current rate, according to a county report released earlier this year. In fiscal 2002, the county’s debt service was $177 million. Wednesday, October 05, 2011 Gazette.Net 4. Medium household income in Montgomery County dropped about 4.5% in 2010. Fairfax, Arlington and Loudon had increases. 5. The percentage of Montgomery families living below the poverty level has climbed from 3.7 percent in 2000 to 6.7 percent in 2010, according to Census data. Wednesday, October 12, 2011 Gazette.Net "Power tends to corrupt". Absolute power corrupts absolutely" Lord Acton 1887

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