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.
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