Here is the Bill, below.
House Bill 1352 2011 Local School Boards - Authority to Impose a Property Tax
And here is the ‘Fiscal and Policy Note’ on the bill.
House Bill 1352 Fiscal and Policy Note Annapolis Legislation 2011
This bill will allow the Board of Education to raise property taxes above and beyond the caps that citizens in Montgomery County have placed on these taxes.
To contact your representatives about this bill:
Sheila Hixson: firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-858-3469
Anne Kaiser: email@example.com or 301-890-4422
Talmadge Branch: firstname.lastname@example.org or (301) 858-3398
Jolene Ivey: email@example.com or 1-800-492-7122, ext. 3478 (toll free)
Eric Luedtke: firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-858-3110
Jay Walker: email@example.com or 301-858-3581
According to the League of Women Voters,
An interesting unexpected ‘message’ education bill has been filed in the waning weeks of the 2011 session. HB 1352 - Local School Boards - Authority to Impose a Property Tax, which has been filed by Delegate Hixson and five other members of the Ways and Means Committee, would authorize local school boards to levy a property tax to provide funding for school operations and expenses. The tax would be imposed as is the county property tax and would require the county government to reduce its property tax rate to lower the revenue from the property tax by the amount budgeted for the school board the previous fiscal year. The school board could also issue bonds for capital expenditures. (Hrg in W&M on 3/30)