October 22, 1992
Two years ago, Anne Arundel County residents made the right decision when they voted against placing a ceiling on the amount of property taxes the county can collect. Nothing has changed since that time.On Nov. 3, the county's voters should kill a tax cap referendum that is on the ballot once more.Caps on tax revenue are a bad idea, and not just because of their potential to decimate services. Tax caps violate the founding principle of a representative democracy.We elect leaders to do a job for us. A tax cap says, in essence, that we cannot trust our representatives, so we must tie their hands to keep them from hurting us.We already know what to do about leaders who fail us: Vote them out of office.
October 20, 1990
Does Anne Arundel County really need a charter amendment to shave a penny or two off its property tax rate?That, apparently, will be the net effect of the much-debated referendum capping property tax levies. A glitch in the language of the proposal, it seems, creates a loophole that will all but wipe out the savings promised by tax rebels.Under the original interpretation, annual increases in levies on all property -- including new construction -- would be held to the lower of 4.5 percent or inflation.
December 4, 1992
The thousands of Anne Arundel residents who voted in favor of a property tax cap can't accuse County Executive Robert R. Neall of ignoring their mandate.He was opposed to the tax cap -- and still believes it's the wrong route to slimmer government -- but that is not stopping him from giving voters what they want.The executive has come up with a smart idea that targets tax relief at homeowners without costing the county more money.One myth about the tax cap that voters embraced a month ago is that it would reduce individual tax bills.
March 14, 1994
The day after Anne Arundel County voters overwhelmingly approved a property tax cap in November 1992, government officials predicted financial ruin. Employees would be laid off, services cut, libraries closed, recreation programs scaled back.But as they prepare a budget for the second fiscal year since then, county officials concede the cap -- which limits the growth in total property tax revenue to 4.5 percent or the regional rate of inflation in January of each year, whichever is lower -- hasn't had the devastating effect they predicted.
November 6, 1992
If Anne Arundel's elected leaders thought voter dissatisfaction had peaked, Tuesday's election taught them a bitter lesson. When 90 percent of registered voters show up at the polls, you know they have a purpose. They sent their message loud and clear: They're sick of taxes and politicians.Ballot questions to cap county property taxes and limit County Council members' terms didn't just pass. They passed overwhelmingly. Seventy percent voted for the tax cap; an astounding 77 percent were in favor of term limits.
October 26, 1992
Proponents of the measure to cap property tax revenue finally began their campaign in earnest last week, airing ads on radio and cable television and starting an advertising blitz that is sure to heat up in this last week before the election.The leader of the anti-tax movement sees his head start as a distinct advantage over his opponents."Whatever happens, if they blow out the airwaves from here on in, the fact remains: I was first," said Robert C. Schaeffer, president of the Anne Arundel Taxpayers Association.