It’s a simple question: You make $58,000 a year. Would you be willing to move your family from the suburbs to the city for $69 per month?
According to a January 29, 2016 article in the Sun, legislators in Annapolis will be approving Mayor Rawlings-Blake’s request to use property tax credits to convince the majority of the city’s police officers and firefighters who don’t live in the city to move here. Currently, 72% of the city’s police and 64% of firefighters live in the suburbs.
Cutting property taxes is something we really, really need to do. Our rate, which is 2.248%, is almost twice that of the next highest county rate in the state. The rate in Charles County is 1.205%. If you were thinking maybe it was Howard County, the rate there is only 1.014%. Howard County doesn’t need a high property tax rate because its median household income is over $100,000, housing is much more expensive and the county isn’t spending $750 million a year on public safety.
Steve Schuh says he wants to lower my property taxes. That’s nice, as long as it doesn’t mean less money to pay my son’s teachers. I’m more worried about them leaving than our losing a few businesses to another county. Businesses come and go. My son has only one shot a getting a great education.
Steve Schuh keeps talking about how he’s going to lower property taxes. And who doesn’t want lower taxes? He believes that’s somehow going to magically make our county more competitive with other counties when it comes to attracting new businesses and the jobs they’ll bring with them. Two things…
Tea Party Republican Candidate for Anne Arundel County Executive, Steve Schuh, has a 5 point plan. See the screenshot from Mr. Schuh’s campaign websiteat the bottom of this piece. I have a one point response: “What?!”