Montgomery County Taxpayers League

The Voice of Taxpayers of Montgomery County, Maryland
Montgomery County Taxpayers League

The Voice of Taxpayers of Montgomery County, Maryland

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Report: Comparison of Montgomery’s tax burden to other jurisdictions

This report (2016-7) from the County Council’s Office of Legislative Oversight describes the Individual and Business Tax Burdens in Local Jurisdictions”. The report analyzes the tax burden for individuals living in and businesses based in Montgomery County compared to Prince George’s County (MD), Fairfax County (VA), Howard County (MD), The District of Columbia and Frederick County (MD).

Analysis of 2016 General Assembly Legislation

An analysis by The Maryland Public Policy Institute of 2016 legislation by the Maryland General Assembly. 

“In the negotiations over the final version of the bill, House negotiators offered to cut the highest tax bracket (affecting households making over $300,000) to 5.69 percent from the current rate of 5.75 percent. The Senate countered with a reduction to 5.65 percent. That difference proved too much, and the tax legislation died upon adjournment.”

The difference between a tax rate of 5.65% and one of 5.69% on a taxable income of $300,000?  Exactly $120:  $17,070 – $16,950.  So tax reduction was done in by $120. 

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“Biggest tax hike since 2009 is now official in Montgomery County”

From the Washington Post of May 26, 2016:

“The Montgomery County Council gave final approval Thursday to a $5.3 billion budget that includes the biggest property-tax hike in seven years, trims pay raises the county had promised to unionized workers and pours record funding into the school system….The budget, which takes effect July 1, includes a nearly 9 percent property-tax increase that will add $326 to the average residential tax bill. It is also supported by a rise in recordation taxes that will add $455, for example, to the cost of buying or selling a $500,000 home.”

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“Montgomery County homeowners face biggest tax hike in seven years”

From the Washington Post of May 19, 2016:

“The Montgomery County Council, citing the unmet needs of a school system facing explosive enrollment growth and a widening academic achievement gap, voted Thursday to raise the average residential property tax bill by 8.7 percent — the largest increase in seven years.

The tax hike required a unanimous 9-0 vote because it exceeds the charter limit on tax revenue the county can collect each year. That revenue will help underwrite a $5.2 billion operating budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, with about half of the money resulting from the tax increase going to Montgomery County Public Schools.

The council set the property tax rate at $1.02 per $100 of assessed value, 3.9 cents above last year’s rate. With rising assessments, it means that the average annual residential property tax bill will rise $326, to $4,075.”

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“County Council Votes to Cut Pay Increases, Reduce Class Sizes”

From the Bethesda Beat May 16, 2016:

“The council then pledged unanimous support of a $2.45 billion schools operating budget that is nearly $90 million more than the minimum required by state law…Council members made clear the spending approved Monday is dependent on the council’s approval of a 6.4 percent property tax increase and an increase of the county’s tax on home sales,…“We are about to do three things that some of us said we would not do again,” council member Roger Berliner said, referring to the proposed property tax increase above the county’s charter limit and home sales recordation tax increase as well as funding the school system over the minimum required by the state’s maintenance of effort law.”

“Montgomery schools, teachers near deal to divert pay increases to classroom”

From the Washington Post of May 10, 2016:

“The Montgomery County Board of Education is nearing an unusual agreement with unionized teachers and other school staff to divert $37 million earmarked for pay hikes into initiatives to reduce class size and otherwise improve instruction…..[County] Members are considering a $2.4 billion school appropriation for 2017, about $90 million above the minimum annual spending required by state law. In exchange for the robust funding increase, however, the council said it wanted to see more money spent on programs to reduce class size and narrow the achievement gap.”

Message by MCTL President Opposing Tax Increase

MCTL President Joan Fidler sent the following email April 25, 2016, to Nancy Floreen, President of the County Council, asking the Council to vote against any tax increase:

County Council Likely to Recommend Against Some Salary Increases

From Bethesda Beat April 21, 2016:

“With a property tax increase looming, a majority of County Council members on Thursday recommended against some already negotiated salary increases for county government employees set to kick in next fiscal year….[County Executive Ike] Leggett’s $5.27 billion proposed budget includes the county’s first property tax increase since 2009, in large part to help fund the school system at almost $90 million over the minimum spending required by the state.”