City Desk

Montgomery County Bag Tax Begins

The Post notes that Montgomery County rung in 2012 with its own five-cent bag tax. Predictably, some people are not fans:

“This is ridiculous,” said Price, a retired federal worker, as she unloaded a full cart into the trunk of her car outside the store on Randolph Road. “You shouldn’t have to pay for bags when you spend enough money in the store.”

Montgomery County officials expect to raise $1 million in tax revenue this year—but considering that the proponents of the D.C. law expected to raise $3.5 million and ended up about $1.5 million short in the first year, that seems unlikely. Turned out the tax was more useful at discouraging people from using bags than at raising revenue.

Meanwhile, folks who think that tax is stupid may want to take a tip from the D.C. GOP—they marked the D.C. law with their own line of "Bag The Bag Tax" reusable bags.

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  • Typical DC BS

    Good ole Montgomery County - looking for a solution to a problem that doesn't exist.

  • JS

    So they'll gladly pay $2.50 for a cup of coffee but complain about a 5 cent bag that will end up as: a trash bag, a dog poo bag, or stuck up in a tree. People are morons.

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