Poll shows little support in county for tax increase

March 21, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Fewer than one in five Anne Arundel County residents support an increase in the local income tax, according to an Anne Arundel Community College poll released Friday.

Between March 8 and 11, the 384 county residents surveyed were asked which best described their general feelings about raising the income tax.

17 percent supported the increase because without it the quality of important services could diminish.

17 percent said that while services might diminish, they either can't afford or don't want more taxes.

63 percent said they opposed the tax because they are not sure the county will use the money to its best advantage.

3 percent either didn't know or didn't answer.

County Executive Janet S. Owens has said she would like to raise the local income tax by nearly a fifth - a move that would cost about $275 next fiscal year for a family earning the median county income of about $62,000. Owens has found little support for her plan among County Council members, who would have to approve such a proposal.

The survey had a margin of error of about 5 percent, said Dan Nataf, director of the community college's Center for the Study of Local Issues.

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