Attempting to Restrain Taxes

Sometimes it seems like there’s no way to stop government spending.  Montgomery County has a charter provision which limits property taxes.  It allows taxes to grow every year, but they are not allowed to grow at a faster rate than inflation.

Montgomery County government,  not being especially fond of limits, allows the county council to waive the restriction by a supermajority vote of 7 (out of 9) council members.  Over the years, there have been several attempts by politicians to loosen those caps, but voters have turned back those attempts.

In restraining the county government, however, the restriction has turned out to be something of a paper leash.  The council has voted to override the property tax caps in three of the last five years, regardless of supermajority requirements.  A new proposition is now put before voters, therefore, to try to put some teeth in the charter.  This proposition would require a unanimous vote (9 of 9) of the council to override the charter restrictions on property taxes.

Something to consider.

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One Comment on “Attempting to Restrain Taxes”

  1. Ron Says:

    Last I heard the referendum was winning.

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