Dear Friend of Liberty,
It happens every year.
Every time a new annual budget is proposed, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz pretends to be fiscally responsible in order to mislead citizens.
He brags that he and county council have tight fiscal discipline since Baltimore County hasn’t raised property taxes and income taxes in over two decades.
However, Kamenetz is secretly hiding an important point that would ruin the seemingly positive spin he puts on our county’s fiscal situation.
Baltimore County already has one of THE HIGHEST local income tax rates in the entire U.S.!
Should we be happy that our rates haven’t risen in over two decades and assume our politicians are fiscally responsible?
Or, should we be infuriated that we and our fellow Baltimore County residents have been subjected for decades to one of the most oppressive local income tax schemes in the entire nation?
Roughly 5000 local jurisdictions around the U.S. impose income taxes.
Here in Baltimore County, and in most Maryland counties, our local income tax rates are ranking within the top 40 highest rates…out of nearly 5000!
You read that correctly. We’re within the highest 1% of local income tax rates.
Apparently Kamenetz and our council members are PROUD that our county is among the worst of the worst when it comes to local income tax rates.
Politicians who rely on abnormally high tax rates should never be considered fiscally responsible.
Yet, Kamenetz brags every year about not raising income tax rates, and the crowd applauds as if that means he has been fiscally responsible.
It’s not their fault. They’ve been duped by Kamenetz’s slimy, manipulative double-talk.
Don’t fall for it!
Don’t let your neighbors fall for it.
Make sure your councilperson knows you haven’t fallen for it.
We must demand an end to our local income tax oppression!
That means the county must get its spending under control.
The council is scheduled to vote on a budget that authorizes a whopping 25% more general fund spending than was authorized as recently as 2011.
In 2011, Kamenetz proposed a budget authorizing about $1.6 billion in general fund spending.
This year, his most recent budget proposes authorizing about $2 billion in general fund spending.
Pathetically and spinelessly, county council has unanimously supported every budget increase in the years in between.
Is it really necessary to have 25% more government than we had in 2011?
Was civilization crumbling all around us back then when government was slightly smaller?
Why do all of our local politicians insist on raising our water bills and imposing new fees and fines instead of simply cutting spending back to 2011 levels?
Tell your councilperson to quit this unsustainable growth in government spending, and to cut income and property tax rates accordingly.
Make sure they know you will feel betrayed as a taxpayer unless they aggressively vote to cut taxes and spending in this month’s upcoming legislative sessions.
Don’t delay to make your voice heard! The budget vote and property tax reauthorization vote are scheduled for May 26th!
PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO PRESSURE YOUR REPRESENTATIVES FOR LIBERTY!
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Dear (Kevin Kamenetz/councilperson),
The constant annual budget increases must stop this year. All government spending is ultimately taxed from residents in one form or another. It is embarrassing that you have allowed Baltimore County to have one of the highest income tax rates in the nation for decades while increasing fees for necessities like water and sewer. These fee increases are a sign that you have allowed for too much budgeted spending on non-essentials. DO NOT SUPPORT the most recently proposed county budget until it has been reduced to 2011 levels or lower. Also, DO NOT SUPPORT reauthorizing property tax rates at current levels. Income and property tax rates must be cut along with budgeted spending. Campaign for Liberty will inform me and regularly remind me if you decide to vote incorrectly on these issues.
Baltimore County Campaign for Liberty
P.S. Earlier in the year, your phone calls and emails successfully blocked increased speed camera fines. Please make your voice heard again to help block increased county spending and the future taxes and fees it entails. We already have one of the highest income tax rates in the nation and our county general fund spending has exploded roughly 25% higher since 2011. Enough is enough! Spending and taxes must fall so struggling families don’t have to put up with higher water bills and other fees.