Gov.Martin O'Malley's proposed 6 percent sales tax in addition to the state's current 23.5-cent tax per gallon will make it harder for me to balance my budget. For the past 10 years I have averaged 16,144 miles a year, and I try to budget my expenses for each year since I am real estate agent and I drive a lot. I like driving buyers around to see as many houses as they like until they find the one they want.
If the tax was just a flat increase of 15 cents per gallon, my cost of gas would increase by only $121 per year. I could budget for an increase that size and grudgingly absorb it. Applying a 6 percent sales tax wouldn't be as easy to budget because the price of gas fluctuates.