Howard County Councilmember Yungmann posted the following information on Facebook yesterday about his concerns and vote regarding the Howard County Fire Tax increase:
When taxpayers in Howard County open their bills next month, they’re going to see that their property taxes have increased by close to 5% due to a 34% increase in the fire tax. This increase is particularly burdensome on the taxpayers of District 5. Click below to hear my comments on this tax increase.
Here is the video:
I posted the following article back in April regarding the increase in the Fire And Rescue Services Operating Budget:
I think the concerns about using operating funds to pay for things that would normally be capital expenses (building two new fire stations) is a legit concern. On the other hand, it has been some time since there has been an increase and the needs of the Fire and Rescue Department has grown and should be funded in order for them to provide the residents a very high level of service.
What are your thoughts on this tax increase?
One last thing to think about…with all of the talk around the school budget…is there a chance we will have another tax increase next year? That has been on my mind throughout this budget process.