Maryland

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) Needs More Oversight

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) Needs More Oversight   –  October 29, 2016 The WSSC is the second largest monopoly in the state of Maryland. It is a bi-county agency providing an essential function but with little oversight. The Montgomery County Taxpayers League has chosen to shed some light on this $1 billion agency and has…

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WSSC Rates: Testimony by MCTL Member Gordon Brenne

Testimony of MCTL Vice-President Gordie Brenne September 25, 2016, before a committee of the Montgomery County Council concerning an increase in water rates proposed by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission: Rates rose in the last ten years at an annual rate of 6.63%, almost 3 times the CPI (Levchenko, 7/19/16, pg. 2).  This is because…

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WSSC Rates: Testimony by Susan LaCourse

Testimony of Susan LaCourse September 25, 2016, before a committee of the Montgomery County Council concerning an increase in water rates proposed by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission: My name is Susan LaCourse, and I am a resident of West Laurel. I would like to speak on behalf of the many WSSC customers who send…

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WSSC Rates: Testimony by MCTL Member Ed Amatetti

Testimony of MCTL Member Ed Amatetti September 25, 2016, before a committee of the Montgomery County Council concerning an increase in water rates proposed by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission: For nearly 15 years, I was an auditor and consultant to dozens of regulated utilities, and municipal and county  utilities, including as large as Cleveland,…

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Liquor Monopoly Inhibits Job Growth

From The Seventh State blog: “The state’s Bureau of Revenue Estimates has found that the county could create more than 1,300 jobs and nearly $200 million in annual economic activity by tossing its liquor monopoly into the dustbin of Prohibition.” We invite your comments.    

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“How to End the Monopoly and Recover the Money”

From Seventh State an article by Adam Pagnucco.about ending Montgomery County’s monopoly on liquor: The County’s Department of Liquor Control “monopoly earns money for the county and the [County] Executive does not want to lose it…Through a combination of a few more stores, incremental revenue sharing with the state and restructuring of the liquor bonds,…

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Maryland Homeowners Property Tax Credit Calculator

From the Montgomery County Civic Federation: The State of Maryland and Montgomery County offer credits against a homeowner’s property tax bill if the property taxes exceed a percentage of homeowners gross income.  If your income was $60,000 or less in 2015, there is a good chance that you can cut your property tax bill by…

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“Is Maryland building ‘Cadillacs or Buicks’ for its new public schools?”

From the Maryland Reporter website of July 7, 2016: “In a heated discussion with the head of the [state] school construction program, Gov. Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot aired serious concerns about the state’s spending on public school projects at Wednesday’s Board of Public Works meeting.  “We can’t just keep shoveling more and more…

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Questions for Meeting of October 21, 2015

Questions sent to the speakers in advance of the MCTL meeting of October 21, 2015 Topic:   “Independent Transit Authority:  Financial Boom?  Or Financial Bust?” Speakers:  Mark Winston, Chair, Montgomery County Transit Task Force Rich Parsons, Member, Montgomery County Transit Task Force 1.  Affordability – Given (a) the huge construction and operating costs associated with…

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