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Montgomery County Bag Tax Nets $154,000 in January

The bag tax could net up to $1.8 million in 2012, according to The Gazette.

Montgomery County’s hotly-contested bag tax netted $154,000 in its initial month, according to a report by The Gazette.

Approximately 3.8 million bags were taxed, but County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) told The Gazette the county needs more data to understand whether the tax is meeting its goals.

"We need more data beyond the first month, maybe a few months to a year," Leggett told The Gazette. "People are still getting adjusted to it."

According to the report, January’s bag tax revenue sets the county on pace to receive $1.8 million in 2012 if the first month’s numbers are maintained.

, and the county expected to earn up to $1.5 million from the tax in the first year. This money will go to the Water Quality Protection Fund (WQPF), which covers stormwater management, watershed restoration and litter clean-up.

“The executive has said repeatedly that the county does not view the tax as a revenue stream for the Water Quality Protection Charge fund—where the money will go—but rather a program to curtail waste and encourage the use of reusable bags,” according to The Gazette.

The bag tax was proposed in March 2011 to encourage residents to use reusable bags and keep plastic bags from littering the environment, however .

For more information on the Montgomery County bag tax’s first month, read The Gazette’s full report.

Have you softened your stance on the bag tax or do you still strongly oppose it? Tell us in the comments!

ilkunta May 24, 2012 at 04:13 AM
reusable bags called norovirus outbreak in oregon: http://maximumnewsinformer.com/?p=7473
Billy Bob August 10, 2012 at 04:10 PM
I'm just visiting MoCo. When I was told about the bag tax as I was buying a some drinks, I said to myself "what idiots they are in Maryland." This kind of tax would not be accepted in my part of the country (southeastern NC). Why do you stand for it? Vote the idiots out.
Billy Bob August 10, 2012 at 04:19 PM
....and when I got back to my hotel, I was told that I could only receive two "free" glasses of beer because the county/state(?) would tax anything more than 2 drinks....something about increasing the value of the stay...therefore more taxes on the increased value....lol...are you kidding me?
jag August 10, 2012 at 04:21 PM
If people didn't wrap plastic bottles in plastic and then stick them in plastic bags without giving it any thought then there wouldn't need to be a nickle tax to make you think twice and realize how stupid and unnecessary it is. The fact the rural south wouldn't "accept" the notion of intelligent usage says a lot, but probably not what you think it does.
Ed Murtagh August 10, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Billy Bob, Since you are not from around here, a little background. Plastic litter is part of a multi-million dollar problem in Montgomery County. Example, cleaning out a storm drain that is in part clogged by plastic bags in very expensive. Before the bag fee, taxpayers picked up the tab. I these hard economic times, that is ludicrous. Now users of disposable bags pick up the tab. The result? A big drop in the use of plastic bags. I was at an electronic store not too long ago. Everyone in line had some sort of purchase that could easily be taken out. Instead of automatically putting the purchases in the bag, the cashier now asks do you want a bag. Do you know what happened at that store? Every customer said “no”, I don’t need a bag for the purchase. Perhaps in southeastern NC this is not an issue or that taxpayers simply pick up the tab without question. It is too soon to tell right now, but I assume there will be a significant decrease in the cost of addressing litter so everyone will come out on top.

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