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September 27, 2013

High local tax rate prevents economic boom in county

I am greatly enthralled by each of our ability to search for and find substantial documents on the internet, which one may ascertain some insight into the reason behind why Allegany and Washington counties retain a 20 percent childhood poverty rate, roughly the same as Baltimore City.

Citation 1: Few places in Maryland are left with mass development with much involving state or federal highway funding, however, the counties and cities which do all have private and corporate economic development that matches our nation’s current boom all have lower taxes to some degree, than both Allegany and Washington County.

Citation 2: We should all be familiar by now with a trip or seven up to beautiful Deep Creek Lake for a long summer swim, or the even a thrilling Wisp ski resort for a cool getaway. Well, what these booming businesses in the surrounding area don’t have in common with Cumberland, isn’t the lake or even necessarily the ski resort. The main difference, even though only by a small amount, is that the district taxes for utilities are almost twice as low as Cumberland’s.

Most shocking to me was Washington County, along with Garrett and Allegany counties are similarly taxed to the same degree, while Frederick county remains at a 6 percent childhood poverty rate, the fact is they too have an even lower district taxation rate than Cumberland.

So long as we maintain a local tax rate at a percentage higher than most other places in Maryland, where the average income level is double that of Allegany county, and so long as we keep businesses and corporations out of having even a leveraged take off, it is my opinion that we will never see an economic boom or the population growth we need to keep up with the rest of the state or developing country.

Citation 1: http://www.census.gov/did/

www/saipe/data/maps/?reload


Citation 2: http://www.dat.state.md.us/

sdatweb/taxrate.html

Citation 3: http://www.census.gov/acs/ local interactive mapavailable at http://www.richblockspoorblocks.com/

Wayde Gordon

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