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Posted at 3:19 PM ET, 09/12/2010

Metro seeks exemption from MoCo tax

By Washington Post Editors

Metro is asking Montgomery County officials for an exemption from the county's steep new energy taxes.

The transit agency says the levy would cost the agency $2.8 million this year.

Metro says in a letter to county attorney Marc Hansen that the agency is “exempt from all taxes legally imposed on it” and that the new charge should be removed from its energy bills.
But if Montgomery can't collect the $2.8 million, it would create the same size hole in the county's budget. County government spokesman Patrick Lacefield says Metro's “claim is ridiculous” and that the energy tax applies to businesses, individuals and government agencies.

The higher energy taxes were a centerpiece of County Executive Isiah Leggett's plan to plug a $1 billion budget gap.

--Washington Examiner

By Washington Post Editors  | September 12, 2010; 3:19 PM ET
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Don't Montgomery County contribute to Metro's budget? Isn't energy taxes part of Metro's budget? So if Montgomery County taxes Metro wouldn't that affect Metro's budget and wouldn't Montgomery County have to make it up?

Posted by: Jimof1913 | September 12, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

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