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Ficker Prevails in MoCo by About 5,000 votes

After days of anticipation, it's official: Robin Ficker's anti-tax ballot measure in Montgomery County has prevailed by 5,060 votes.

Election officials are still putting the finishing touches on some paperwork, but spokeswoman Marjorie Roher said this afternoon that "All the ballots that are going to be counted have been counted."

The victory caps a 34-year quest by the one-time legislator and Bethesda real estate agent to keep spending and taxes in check in the county. The measure will require a unanimous vote by the nine-member County Council to raise property tax revenue above the local limit.

The election results are in part a reflection of anti-tax sentiment among voters after the council raised property taxes on average for homeowners by about 13 percent last spring.

For Ficker's efforts, the national Libertarian Party has named him "Free Market Hero" of the week.

By Ann Marimow  |  November 19, 2008; 12:13 PM ET
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Of course, Legget and other pro tax council members think this is bad policy. It is too bad this had to be a ballot item to begin with. I do not like Ficker but I certainly voted for this measure. I hope the MoCo government learns from this.

Posted by: demontage | November 19, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

We homeowners say, "Thank you, thank you very much," to the voters!

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | November 19, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Homeowners I know like those 5,060 votes, AND Ficker, the Free Market Hero who worked tirelessly toward this achievement.

Posted by: amyinsilverspring1 | November 19, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to Ficker and the other supporters of this, but I still disagree with the measure. Take a look at what happened when Prince Georges went with the TRIM amendment in the early eighties. The results are still being felt. A word from the wise, "don't ignore history".

If you enjoy life in MoCo, do not be deluded by the promise of the free lunch - or the inexpensive effective government. As always, we get what we pay for. Good luck.

Posted by: free-donny | November 23, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

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