According to the DC Examiner, here is what those "revenue enhancements" would mean to Montgomery County citizens. If you are going to send this "sample letter" to the County Council, know what these "modest increases" will mean to your home, family and neighbors.
By Leggett's calculations, doubling the energy tax would add about $100 annually to residential energy bills, and $3,360 to commercial energy bills. The tax increase would end at the end of fiscal 2012.
"If you just turn down the thermostat, you can avoid the tax," he said. "I thought that was fair."
Leggett's revised budget also includes a $1 increase on the county's $2 monthly cell phone levy. The energy and cell phone tax increases together would restore 70 percent of the county's shortfall.
Read more at the Washington Examiner here.
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Subject [MCCPTA_Board] CALL OR EMAIL COUNTY
05/05/2010 11:06 COUNCIL TO OPPOSE FURTHER CUTS
See below for a sample letter that we have circulated in the Whitman Cluster to urge people to voice their opposition to further cuts by the County Council to MCPS. We have asked people to email or call this week as the straw vote is scheduled for May 20.
Our schools are putting it out on the list serves, and grade schools are asking room parents to send out to class parents. Some PTA presidents, together with cluster reps, will also be handing out flyers at drop off and pick up to get the word out to as many as possible.
Obviously, the more people who contact the County Council the better, so we hope you'll add your Cluster's voices to the mix.
Jean Schlesinger, Deborah Goldman and Keith Parsky (Whitman Cluster Co-Coordinators)
I am a parent of Montgomery County public school students. I understand that because of the serious
economic crisis in Montgomery County that MCPS has to make do with less next year. Consequently, I
accept that the reduction of MCPS’ budget by $137 million, while unfortunate, is necessary. I do not
agree and am strongly opposed to the County Council’s efforts to impose an additional $30
million cut to the school system’s budget. Such a cut would be gambling with the quality of our
children's education, as it would put our schools at further risk of a $52 million penalty from the
State, for failure to comply with the Maintenance of Effort Law. The $137 million cut is barely
tolerable, given the increase in enrollment of more than 2000 students and the heightened needs of
students due to the increase in poverty across our County. Risking a cumulative cut of $219 million
is simply irresponsible. This fall, I will vote for Councilmembers who fight to preserve the high
quality of education for which Montgomery County is nationally known and who are unwilling to penalize
our children any further.
I do support the revenue enhancements necessary to balance this year's budget, including the
modest proposed increases in energy and cell phone use taxes, as well as the ambulance fee.