Recent Prince George's County News updates are currently posted to both PG-Politics and PG-Politics-Briefs. Older issues may be shortened and require a click to read the full text.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Recent Prince George's County News (30 Jun 2015)

Monday, June 29, 2015

Recent Prince George's County News (29 Jun 2015)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Recent Prince George's County News (27 Jun 2015)

Friday, June 26, 2015

Recent Prince George's County News (26 Jun 2015)

Announcements:
  • Recent Prince George's County News updates are currently posted to both PG-Politics and PG-Politics-Briefs. Older issues may be shortened and require a click to read the full text.  Copies are routinely emailed to three local mailing lists.
  • The Enquirer-Gazette (sole surviving Prince George's County edition of the defunct Gazette chain) now has a page on the Southern Maryland Newspapers website.
  • The list of local news sources used for this compilations has been partially updated and is still under construction.
  • A list of 2016 candidates for U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, Districts 4 and 5, is also online but still under construction.
  • Social media information for the lists of 2016 candidates, council members, and legislators will be added when available, but this will be a passive, not active effort.  Send updates to pgpolitics@gmail.com.
  • Notices of political events of candidates and elected officials may be posted as they becomes available, but this will be another passive, not active effort. Tweets with time, location, and link to details preferred. Emails with basic details that are only in  non-text, non-html attachments or links (like .doc and .pdf files) go to the bottom of the priority list.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Recent Prince George's County News (25 Jun 2015)

PG-related headlines from the Enquirer-Gazette, June 25, 2015

Note that most of the Prince George's specific stories do not appear to be online, or are well-hidden.  A few stories are online, but hidden.  There are no direct links to Enquirer-Gazette news content from the front pages of either Gazette.net or SoMdNews.com.
  • Bowie Pantry to Stuff a truck for school children
    • Director hopes to fill more than 200 snack bags for kids
    • By Kirsten Petersen (Email, Twitter, Twitter)
  • Bowie cancels city-sponsored July 4 fireworks.
  • County executive to approve FY 16 budget
    • Residents will experience first property tax hike since 1978
    • By Kirsten Petersen (Email, Twitter, Twitter)
  • Appointed school board member Kaufman resigns
    • Second departure this year
    • by Jamie Anfenson-Comeau (Email)
  • Ravens guard, mathematician encourages students
    • Landover Hills received visit, STEM day for science competition win
    • by Jamie Anfenson-Comeau (Email)
  • Hoyer meets with local NAACP leaders
  • Doctors Community Hospital earns 20 marketing awards
  • Gazette newspapers shut down, but Enq-Gaz. still here
    • Morningside-Skyline, by Mary McHale
  • Barbecue Battle to feature food, music, fun
    • Croom, by Priscilla F. Jones
  • Community calendar
    • Has several Charles County items and a few Prince George's items.  The Southern Maryland Newspapers searchable online calendar has more Prince George's events.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Recent Prince George's County News (23 Jun 2015)

Return of frequent news updates and candidate information (trial)

For several years ending in late 2012 PG-Politics posted frequent summaries of news about Prince George's County.  The format and title varied over time, but generally each individual news item had a title and link to the source.  The service was discontinued in late 2012, as explained in a lengthy message originally posted 26 Apr 2012, and updated 31 Aug 2012.

Among the reasons for discontinuance were declining blog readership and mailing list participation, and increasing numbers of news sources generally available online. 

The demise of the Gazette, reductions in staffing and local coverage by the Post, and the Patches, inactivity of some of the other bloggers who once wrote about politics in the county, and the consolidation of sites now controlled by the Sun, have reduced the number of generally available county-related news sources.

Although PG-Politics does not have the ability to do actual reporting of newsworthy events, the summaries have returned on a trial basis, to help fill the gaps from the reduction in real news sources, and to provide a vehicle for anyone who wants to report on community events or meetings, or fill in when necessary (during periods of travel, etc., reply to this message if interested).  For the present, items being considered for posting can be found here.

PG-Politics also provided coverage of candidates for local offices in 2006 and 2010.  Attempts to continue in 2014 failed--no candidates responded to requests for information or links to campaign events or online sources.    A separate message about plans for identifying 2016 candidates will follow later.



Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Recent Prince George's County News (17 Jun 2015)

Budget war in Prince George's (overnight news reports)

Budget war in Prince George's: Council overrides Rushern Baker's vetoes
Washington Post (Arelis R. Hernández, June 16 at 10:15 PM)
The Prince George's County Council voted Tuesday to override budget vetoes handed down by County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, rejecting for the second time in three weeks a proposed double-digit increase in the property tax rate.
     The decision illustrates a stark shift by the nine-member council, which has supported most of Baker's major initiatives throughout his 4 1 /2 years in office.
     ... The council's overrides reinstate a 4-cent increase in the property tax rate. Baker had originally proposed a 15-cent increase, then floated an 11.45-cent increase on Monday.
     Although the amount is significantly smaller than what Baker sought, it would be the first property tax increase in Prince George's in nearly four decades — a blow to anti-tax activists who pushed through a tax cap in 1978 and have defended it ever since. ...
     ... Franklin called Baker's discussion of litigation "embarrassing and strange" for the county as well as "self destructive and self-defeating."

Comment by "Photon C" 
Let me know where and when to sign a petition to recall council members for voting for any property tax increase or any tax increase what so ever. Also, I am more than willing to sign any petition to stop any property tax increase.
      Funny how PG Co. property taxes haven't been increased in such a long time and are still higher than neighboring, nicer counties.
   
Prince George's Co. council overrides budget veto
W*USA 9 (Staff, 11:26 p.m. EDT June 16, 2015)
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- The Prince George's County Council has overridden County Executive Rushern Baker's veto of the county budget for the 2016 fiscal year, ,,, The council said residents and business found Baker's tax hike unaffordable and harmful to the county's economic recovery.
Tracee Wilkins @TraceeWilkins
10:38 PM - 16 Jun 2015
The prospect of the County Exec suing this Council would be self-destructive, self-defeating and irresponsible - Mel Franklin, Council Chair
Tracee Wilkins  @TraceeWilkins 
10:37 PM - 16 Jun 2015
The Prince George's County Council overrides the County Executive's budget setting up the possibility for litigation. @nbcwashington

Arelis R. Hernández  @arelisrhdz
10:19 PM - 16 Jun 2015
Is the Budget war over in Pr. George’s: after Council overrides Baker’s vetoes? We shall see wpo.st/kYvL0 pic.twitter.com/zeT5h6N8ca



Monday, April 27, 2015

Questions to Ask Your Senator and Delegates

Prince George’s County already bears the heaviest property tax burden of any suburban jurisdiction in the Washington metropolitan region, yet has the least to show for it.  County residents also pay one of the highest telecommunications taxes in the entire nation.

The Prince George's County charter prohibits raising property and most other taxes without a vote of the people.  Past attempts to raise property and telecommunications taxes have been rejected by the vast majority of voters.

Nevertheless, Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker plans significant regressive tax increases, raising the property tax rate by over 15%, and the telecommunications tax by 50%, making the latter the second highest in the nation.

Mr. Baker claims he was authorized to override the county charter and the will of the voters by a law passed by the General Assembly in 2012, commonly referred to as SB 848.  

Questions:

1.  When you voted for SB 848 did you intend for it to authorize the county executive to override the county charter, repudiate the will of the electorate, and impose tax increases without a referendum.

2.  If that was not your intent, will you now publicly reject Mr. Baker's interpretation of the effect of SB 848 and publicly oppose his attempt to raise taxes without a referendum?

3.  If you did intend for SB 848 to override the county charter, or if you will not reject Mr. Baker's interpretation of the effect of SB 848 and publicly oppose his attempt to raise taxes without a referendum, can you explain why voters should continue to support or respect you when you so obviously disrespect the will of those voters?

Current Prince George's County legislators who voted for SB 848:




Thursday, April 23, 2015

Question: What info is available comparing PG expenses/benefits to other counties?

We know from various reports that:
  • Prince George's County has the highest tax burden among DC-area suburbs.
  • Prince George's schools spend well above the average per student, but get close to the worst results.​ ​
​So, how does Prince George's County compare in other areas?  For example:
  • How much does Prince George's compare to other counties on the average expenditure average to process a building permit request?  And how does the burden on the applicant compare to the burden imposed by other counties?
  • How many miles of roads, curbs, and sidewalks are maintained by Prince George's County, and how does the per-mile cost of that maintenance compare to similar activities by other nearby counties?
  • How much does Prince George's spend per senior citizen on services directed at seniors and the aging, and how does that per capita spending compare to other counties?
  • How many hangers-on are in Rushern Baker's immediate office and entourage, and how does that compare to other counties?
  • How many levels of managers and deputies does Prince George's County have between the county executive and the average lowest level worker--road maintainer, permit issuer, inspector, data entry operator, etc., and how does that compare to other counties?
Does anyone have a source for department by department or service by service comparisons?

In their 2010 "Pledge for Prince George's County" Rushern Baker, Mel Franklin, Mary Lehman, Derrick Davis, and others, promised (among other things):
We Pledge the creation of a plan for greater coordination of the entire Prince George's County government with the school system for accelerating improvements in our schools and greater efficiency where possible;
and
We Pledge to have an independent evaluation, analysis, and audit of Prince George's County revenue and expenditures, to determine if there are more effective financial systems and practices, which can relieve the burden on property owners, while matching income with population growth and required delivery of services;
There is no evidence that those promises have been kept.  How can Baker now ask for a huge tax increase after doing little or nothing to actually coordinate county and school activities and after failing to complete the "independent evaluation, analysis, and audit" that would determine whether any increase is actually warranted?
Note that the "Pledge" website has been removed--perhaps they don't want the public to find their broken promises--but there is a copy here.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Rushern Baker's Tax Ripoff: Recent News & Discussion

  • Prince George's Doesn't Need Higher Taxes to Fund Its Schools (9 Apr 2015, Bradley Heard, Prince George's Urbanist)
  • New Comment on Rushern Baker's tax ripoff makes the Wall Street Journal (9 Apr 2015, AnneR1976, PG-Politics, Message)
  • New Comment on Baker's Broken Promises: Taxes & TRIM (9 Apr 2015, Anonymous, PG-Politics, Message)
  • Why won’t Prince George’s leaders honor their voters? (9 Apr 2015, Judy Robinson, Gazette)
  • Oppose the property tax increase (9 Apr 2015, Robert B. Hunter, Gazette)
  • Proposed tax increase in Prince George’s is worth the cost to aid schools, community (9 Apr 2015, Christina Rome, Gazette)

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Baker's broken promises: Taxes & TRIM

"I would not work to repeal TRIM."
Gazette 2010 Voters Guide:
Q. What are your thoughts on TRIM? Would you work to repeal or preserve it?
I would not work to repeal TRIM.

Baker's broken promises: Transit to National Harbor

"I would also push for mass-transit across the Wilson Bridge and link it to National Harbor."
Gazette 2006 Voters Guide:
Do you support an east-west metro link and where should it go?
I support the construction of a Purple Line from New Carrollton to Silver Spring. I would also push for mass-transit across the Wilson Bridge and link it to National Harbor.


Baker's broken promises: Gambling

"I will never allow slots or any form of legalized gambling in Prince George’s County."
Source: Gazette 2006 Voters Guide:
Do you support allowing slots in Prince George’s? If so, where?
I will never allow slots or any form of legalized gambling in Prince George’s County.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Rushern Baker's Tax Ripoff: News and Discussion Links

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Rushern Baker's tax ripoff makes the Wall Street Journal

Another Tax Increase Legacy From Martin O'Malley; The would-be presidential candidate created a loophole that could be used to bust local property-tax caps.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/steve-hanke-and-stephen-walters-another-tax-increase-legacy-from-martin-omalley-1426889946

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker, who last week proposed hiking his constituents' property taxes by a remarkable 15.6% and boosting spending by 8.2% in the coming fiscal year. Much of the bounty will go to raise teachers' salaries from the current average of $65,000 to about $75,000.

Never mind the county's teachers already are paid 15% more than the U.S. average, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Or that shoveling money at teachers unions mainly delivers their political loyalty rather than educational benefits.

Mr. Baker is betting that county residents will be unable to resist his assurances that this is all "for the children." But we've seen this movie before. In the 1970s the locals went down a similar tax-and-spend road, saw disaster and changed course.

[More]


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Rushern Baker's Tax Ripoff Enablers in Annapolis

Current Prince George's County legislators who voted for the law that Rushern Baker says allows him to disregard the county charter he is supposed to uphold and thumb his nose at the voters of the county.  (Senate vote, House vote)​
Two current legislators honored the charter and the wishes of the people by voting NO.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Once again, Rushern Baker shows his contempt for voters and the county charter

Rushern Baker ran for office knowing full well the tax limitations in the county charter and the voters' long-term consistent support for those limitations.  

And Baker claimed--falsely it seems now--that he would not try to repeal the limitations.

Nevertheless, he is now trying an end run around the charter that he is supposed to uphold and enforce, planning to raise property taxes at least 15%, without voter approval, and in direct violation of the terms of the charter.

And he apparently doesn't have either the honesty or the guts to submit his plan to the voters as the charter requires.

This is not the first time Baker has worked to increase taxes in violation of the charter.  Over a decade ago, as a delegate, he was a prime mover in getting the General Assembly to override the charter and burden us with one of the very highest telephone taxes in the entire country.  His pro-tax, anti-charter, and-voter message has been obvious over the years.  People responsible for electing him either didn't bother to look closely at his record or didn't care.

Now the budget goes to the county council.  What will your council member do?

Gazette, 11 Aug 2010:
Gazette: What are your thoughts on TRIM? Would you work to repeal or preserve it?
Baker:  I would not work to repeal TRIM.


Friday, March 13, 2015

Despite PG's already heavy tax burden, Rushern Baker proposes real property, personal property & telecom tax increases

​That's right--Tax and Spend Rushern Baker wants to raise all sorts of ​taxes and fees--even above the TRIM limit. 

And his plan would most adversely affect low and middle income residents and senior citizens who already bear a higher tax burden than most residents of most nearby jurisdictions.

Also, note that even though he seems to be proud of his proposed tax-increasing budget, the fine print at the end contains a threat:
any dissemination, distribution, copying, or action taken in relation to the contents of and attachments to this E-mail is strictly prohibited by federal law and may expose you to civil and/or criminal penalties.


PRESS RELEASE


For immediate release:
March 13, 2015

For constituent communication concerning proposed budget:
Phone: 3-1-1 (M-F 7am-7pm)


Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III Presents FY 2016 Budget

Upper Marlboro, MD -  Today, Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III in accordance with the Prince George's County Charter presented his FY 2016 Proposed Operating and Capital Budgets.  The Proposed FY 2016 Budget for all funds is $3.63 billion, an increase of $197 million or 6% over FY 2015.  The General Fund accounts for 84% of all spending in FY 2016 and will increase by $182.3 million, or 6%. County source revenues increase by $180.6 million or 11%.  The growth is primarily due to proposed rate increases to the real property, personal property, telecommunications and hotel tax rates which results in increased funding to education and public safety priorities. 

"As we all know, education and public safety are the two key quality of life issues that attract people to live in any jurisdiction and the most sought after counties in this region, this state, and this nation are the ones that are safe and have the best public education systems," said Prince George's County Rushern L. Baker, III. "Our continued growth and success rely heavily upon the perception that our streets and neighborhoods are safe and that our school system is improving and can compete with neighboring jurisdictions.  The proposed FY 2016 budget shows that Prince George's County is serious about education and we understand that a great school system is the most important investment that this generation can do for our children."

The proposed budget is premised on achieving three primary objectives: (1) achieving academic improvements in K-12 education across all public schools, (2) maintaining the County's commitment to providing a full range of public services and (3) ensuring our long-term financial integrity.  With these objectives as the foundation, the FY 2016 presented fiscal plan has a combination of spending increases and reductions which include revenue provisions. To watch the Proposed FY 2016 Budget presentation and for more resources and information please go to http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/sites/OMB/Resources/Bgt16/Pages/default.aspx.  

The proposed FY 2016 operating budget includes the financial resources necessary to support higher educational achievement.  The outcome of this investment will be a County school system that will be most noted for rapidly improving its schools by implementing high quality educational programs and academic rigor for all students.  Additionally, the proposed budget for FY 2016 builds upon the many successes the County has achieved in making our communities and neighborhoods safer.  The respective budgets for Public Safety agencies and Courts provide the resources necessary to protect County residents and businesses, and continue the high caliber of performance attained during the first term of the Baker Administration. 

In FY 2016, real property tax receipts are projected to total $776.5 million, an increase of $127.0 million or 19.6% over the FY 2015 budget. The growth is primarily due to the FY 2016 education revenue package which recommends a $0.15 increase in the real property tax rate from $0.96 to $1.11 per $100 of assessable value in FY 2016.    The County is authorized to increase the real property tax rate based on Chapter 6 of the 2012 Laws of Maryland (Senate Bill 848).  This law allows the County's property tax rate to be set higher than the rate authorized under the County's charter.  The bill requires that any additional revenue generated as a result of the higher property tax rate is for the sole purpose of funding the approved budget of the local school system.  The proposed rate adjustment is expected to generate an additional $104.9 million for the school system.  Excluding the additional revenue assigned to the system, the County's real property tax revenues are projected to increase by $22.1 million or 3.4% in FY 2016 from the FY 2015 budget.

To mitigate the impact of the proposed real property tax increase, the County will offer a local Homeowners' Tax Credit Program in FY 2016.  The Homeowners' Tax Credit Program will be supplemental to the State's property tax relief program that allows a property tax credit for households whose total gross income is $60,000 and below. The County's supplemental tax credit will equal 25% of the State's homeowners' tax credit amount.  On an individual basis, on average, the estimated supplemental credit equates to an additional $375 annual benefit to homeowners.  To view a chart that explains the Homeowners' Tax Credit Program, please click here.

Similarly, the FY 2016 proposed budget continues efforts to improve the health and well-being of County residents.  The respective budgets for the human services agencies provide for continued support of their delivery systems which result in better access to care and services for our residents in need.  In particular, it provides additional resources to assist vulnerable populations, such as our veterans, and to improve our response to domestic violence.  In addition, the FY 2016 proposed budget maintains the commitment to grow our economy by expanding our commercial tax base and creating jobs.  Supporting this effort are the budgets for the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement, Prince George's Community College, and funding for the Economic Development Incentive Fund.
"The FY 2016 proposed operating budget provides a framework for propelling the County into new heights and structurally rebalancing our budget," added County Executive Baker.  "The proposed measures are bold yet necessary in order to ensure the fiscal health and future of our County. These proposed actions require sacrifices by everyone – residents, businesses and county employees.  However, we must remain steadfast in our commitment to transforming this County into a premier and nationally recognized jurisdiction."

The FY 2016 proposed budget includes the following:
·           An education revenue package which allows the County to make a historic investment in the Prince George's County Public School System.   With this proposal, the County will invest an additional $135.7 million in the school system. The education proposal is funded through increases in the real property, personal property and telecommunications tax rates. The additional revenue generated from the rate increases will be dedicated to the Board of Education in order to directly assist in boosting student achievement through expanding effective programs.
·           An increase in the hotel tax from 5% to 7% - a rate that recognizes our growing travel and tourism industry and will be comparable to our neighboring jurisdictions in Maryland.  This is estimated to generate approximately $3.1 million in additional revenue.
·           An increase in various building, licensing and related permitting and technology fees, to allow the County to continue its significant investments and commitments of improving customer service and support technology upgrades at the one-stop shop within the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement.
·           Implementation of a Reduction In Force (RIF) of 110 filled positions in the General Fund.
·           Five day furlough of all County employees funded through the General Fund.
·           Furthermore, to assist in maintaining the County's 'AAA' bond rating, the FY 2016 proposed budget is based on conservative estimates and avoidance of using fund balance for ongoing expenditures to preserve the County's General Fund reserves – Charter-mandated 5% and the financial policy-required 2%

Adhering to the Prince George's County Charter, the FY 2016 Proposed Budget must be submitted by March 13, 2015 to the Prince George's County Council. The Council must adopt the FY 2016 Proposed Budget on or before June 1, 2015.
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Rushern Baker's faux transit advocacy, another reason not to believe him

When he first ran for county executive, Rushern Baker promised that he would "never allow slots or any form of legalized gambling in Prince George's County."

We all know that he broke both of those promises.  He fought to bring legalized gambling to the county.  He has done nothing--not even lip service--to bring mass transit to the National Harbor area or across the bridge.

In his later campaign and speeches he has often claimed to be for "Transit Oriented Development." 

Now that we know from the Post* that there will be no transit--not even bus service--to his casino at National Harbor, it is even more apparent than before that 

Rushern Baker simply cannot be trusted.  His promises mean nothing.

And it is indeed unfortunate that the media and his myriad supporters let him get away with it.

* Post: MGM National Harbor says public buses won't have access to casino site.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Updated: Del. Holmes & Sen. Peters Propose Legalizing Gambling in Homes and Senior Living Facilities

HB0157 - Entitled: Criminal Law - Gaming - Home Games
Sponsored by: Delegate Holmes
Synopsis:  Allowing a person to conduct a home game that is a game of chance or skill involving wagering that is conducted in a person's home or a residential property restricted to housing for persons at least 55 years old and allows a player to compete directly against one or more other players; prohibiting a person from conducting a home game involving a player's use of an electronic device that connects to the Internet; and prohibiting a person from benefiting financially in any way, directly or indirectly, other than from specified winnings.

SB0184 - Entitled: Criminal Law - Gaming - Home Games
PG Sponsor: Senator Peters
Synopsis:    Allowing a person to conduct a home game that is a game of chance or skill involving wagering that is conducted in a person's home and allows a player to compete directly against one or more other players; prohibiting a person from conducting a home game involving a player's use of an electronic device that connects to the Internet; and prohibiting a person from benefiting financially in any way, directly or indirectly, other than from winnings accrued by participating as a player in a game.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Prince George's County residents bear about the highest tax burden in the region (Updated)

Original posting from 25 Mar 2012, Prince George's County residents bear about the highest tax burden in the region (List of sources), follows the more recent items.  Note that some of the older links may no longer be valid because many website change links and make searching for historical data difficult to impossible.  I have been unable to find any recent mainstream media reports on relative tax burdens.

Recent media reports about plight of African-American families in Prince George's County have ignored the role that high taxes may play in contributing to their financial problems.

Likewise, media stories about the county's looming $100 million plus budget, also ignore the already high tax rates and fail to explore why crime is among the highest, and schools and services are among the poorest, despite such high taxes.


Maryland Income Tax Information - Local Tax Rates
http://taxes.marylandtaxes.com/Individual_Taxes/Individual_Tax_Types/Income_Tax/Tax_Information/Tax_Rates/Local_and_County_Tax_Rates.shtml
Maryland's 23 counties and Baltimore City levy a local income tax which we collect on the state income tax ... Local officials set the rates, which range between 1.25 percent and 3.20 percent. ... Prince George's County residents pay the maximum allowable rate, 3.20 percent [for both 2014 and 2015].

Forbes: When It Rains, It Pours Tax Dollars In Maryland
http://www.forbes.com/sites/travisbrown/2014/01/03/when-it-rains-it-pours-tax-dollars-in-maryland/
January 3, 2014 -- "... only nine counties (Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Charles, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George) and the city of Baltimore – out of twenty-four total counties in Maryland – are responsible ..."

Brookings: Map: Property Taxes in Your County
http://www.brookings.edu/research/interactives/2013/county-property-taxes-map
Nov 26, 2013 -- Comparison of "taxes paid as a percentage of home value" from clicking on each county shown:

  District of Columbia: 0.50%
  Anne Arundel: 0.71%
  St. Mary's: 0.72%
  Calvert: 0.76%
  Montgomery: 0.82%
  Arlington: 0.83%
  Charles: 0.84%
  Baltimore County: 0.92%
  Fairfax: 0.94%
  Howard: 1.02%
  Prince George's: 1.09%
  Baltimore City: 1.20%
  Alexandria: Not available

Admissions and Amusements Tax
http://md-mac.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/407
Admissions and Amusement taxes are levied on numerous activities and items
in every subdivision with the exception of Caroline County. ... Twenty one counties employ a single rate, ranging from 1% in Calvert County to 10% in Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll, Charles and Prince George’s Counties.

DC Government: Tax Rates and Tax Burdens, Washington Metropolitan Area
http://cfo.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/ocfo/publication/attachments/Tax%20Rates%20and%20Burdens%202011%20Washington-Metro.pdf
Issued September 2012
Sales and Use Tax: ... Residential usage of utilities is not in the general sales and use tax base in the District and the state of Maryland. However, Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties do tax the use of utilities. While Montgomery County’s energy tax is levied upon the distributor, its cost is effectively borne by the customer. Prince George’s County’s rate is structured to approximate a 6 percent sales and use tax on energy consumption by the customer. ...
Recordation and Transfer Taxes: A long, detailed discussion suggests that Prince George's County taxes are higher than neighboring jurisdictions due to a 1.4% recordation tax.

25 Mar 2012, Prince George's County residents bear about the highest tax burden in the region (List of sources)

Maryland residents pay higher state, local taxes than Va., D.C. ...
washingtonexaminer.com/local/virginia/2011/...taxes.../112337
Mar 30, 2011 – Residents of Prince George's County pay $2000 a year more than those in Arlington County ... Taking into account income, vehicle and property taxes, Prince George's County residents pay even more than those in Montgomery County, which has always had one of the largest tax burdens in the region. A family that pays $14,400 a year in Montgomery would pay $15,200 in Prince George's.

Maryland Income Tax Information - Local Tax Rates
individuals.marylandtaxes.com/incometax/localtax.asp
Maryland's 23 counties and Baltimore City levy a local income tax which we collect on the state income tax ... Local officials set the rates, which range between 1.25 percent and 3.20 percent. ... Prince George's County residents pay the maximum allowable rate, 3.20 percent.

Who Pays More Taxes? Virginia, Maryland or D.C.? - Raw Fisher

voices.washingtonpost.com/.../who_pays_more_taxes_virginia_m.ht...
 Jan 9, 2008 – All told, if you live in Montgomery County and make $75000 a year, you face the biggest tax burden in the region, at $8469. Prince George's comes in second at $8,408. The remaining jurisdictions are bunched closely together at a considerably lower price: D.C., $6,986, Fairfax, $6,903, Arlington, $6,886 and city of Alexandria, $6,769.

Taxes lowest for DC residents and car-free Virginians - Greater ...
greatergreaterwashington.org/post/9364/
Feb 22, 2011 – In almost all scenarios, DC's tax burden is the lowest. ... Property taxes are highest in Prince George's County, even though average home values are lower there.

Interesting MoCo and PG have higher tax burdens than DC at all ...
www.city-data.com › ... › Washington, DC suburbs in Maryland
Jul 6, 2011 – Maryland under the Dems is becoming an oppressive tax regime with declining returns. Taxes on DC Families Remain Lowest in the Region ..highest in Prince George's County, even though average home ...

Gazette.Net: Alease Bowles: Preserve Maryland's middle-class tax ...
www.gazette.net/.../alease-bowles-preserve-maryland-s-middle-class-t...
Mar 1, 2012 – Prince George's County property taxes are among the highest in the state.

The Good News About DC Taxes: Taxes on DC Households Are in ...
www.dcfpi.org/the-good-news-about-dc-taxes-taxes-on-dc-househol...
Apr 13, 2003 – For almost all income levels and family types, the tax burden is lower in DC than in Prince George's County.

Taxing surprise: P.G. hits hardest - Groups - Yahoo
groups.yahoo.com/group/PG-Politics/message/13787
Apr 3, 2011 – Residents bear a higher tax burden with inadequate services in Prince George's County,

Family of Two Needs $50000 Per Year to Cover Costs in Prince ...
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Feb 23, 2012 – COLLEGE PARK – Families with young children in Prince George's County need ... the past 10 years, driven largely by the cost of housing, daycare and taxes. ... “I also think we have a greater housing burden than any other ...