Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Property Tax Hikes Drive Allegany Co. Residents To WV

Unfree State

Maryland's tax-and-spending madness has even spread to the pristine hinterlands of Allegany County, forcing some of its residents to move across the river into Mineral County, W.Va. to escape the recent tax hikes, according to the Cumberland Times.

Following Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley's lead, it seems Cumberland has raised personal, business and property taxes this year. Although the county maintained its tax rate, it will still receive more revenue because of higher property assessments. To make matters even worst, county commissioners have been told they should reconsider their desire to lower the Homestead Tax Credit from 10% to 5%.

State law allows a maximum annual increase of 10% in property assessments on a homeowner's residence, and Allegany County is one of only six in Maryland where the maximum is in effect. Garrett, Washington and Frederick counties impose a more reasonable cap of 5%.

Last week, Allegany County Finance Director Jerry Frantz warned the commissioners that cutting the limit to 5% would put the county in a bad financial situation.

Meanwhile, more and more Allegany residents are packing up and moving to West Virgina, joining many other Maryland residents to the east of them who are migrating to Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia.

When will the Democrats who rule this state learn that taxing people only spurs them to vote with their feet?

What do you think?

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Crossposted on UnfreeState.com


Bruce Godfrey said...

What substantiation do you have for the claim that current Allegany County residents are crossing the river specifically because of taxes? I ask because Cumberland itself is urbanized (small scale) but one can walk from downtown Cumberland to Mineral County. In other words, is it a relatively small net tax increase or just plain better retail bargains in the less-developed county across the river?

If taxes go up 10%, and the average property tax bill is about $2,500 a year (unlikely out there), is $200.00 a year after deducting the property taxes on the 1040 really worth it to a homeowner to pay transfer taxes, relocating expenses and uprooting the kids from their current school?

Can you substantiate this? I remain respectfully skeptical that the demand is that elastic in this case.

Higgy said...

bruce, I think the onus is on your back to disprove. Do your own homework.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Godfrey asked a respectful and legitimate question. Claims were made about people leaving Maryland and why they left. But without data, or even a quote or two, it's just theoretical speculation. How many left? How many moved into that area? I would support the possibility of your claims with just a little data. Anything.

Instead, Mr. Godfrey is treated rudely, as though he were making the baseless claims. When someone makes a statement, or posts an item on a blog, the responsibility is on them to back up their statements. That's how adults construct or deconstruct policy issues.

Last Reporter said...


Are you Bruce in disguise. Click the link and read the source. It's an editorial that talks about how the tax hikes are causing people to leave Maryland for W.VA.

Can you disprove the editors of the local Cumberland paper? If so, lay out your proof.

A Life Well Lived said...

So "homework" has to be done by someone else to disprove an opinion, written within an opinion piece - that admits it's just an opinion because there is no evidence to substantiate the claim.


"We frequently hear that people from Allegany County are moving across the river into Mineral County, W.Va., to escape the taxes they've had to pay here. It's difficult to assess the accuracy of such opinions, but it wouldn't surprise us to find a measure of truth in them."

After your buildup no wonder you didn't provide a link.

warpmine said...

I left Baltimore for York five years ago and never looks back especially in consideration of Owe'Mally and the remainder of the tax and spend liberals that live off the teat from government employment.
Sure sales tax was slightly higher but with exemptions like clothing computer services etc...

Local control of schools made a big difference as well. Many people that move in the neighborhood are from MD for many of the reasons plus.

Eventually those that pay the taxes will leave for less burdens and those that are left will be caught in the vicious circle of being taxed more and more to cover their own salary increases. Have fun!

Lastly but certainly not least, a state legislature that isn't from one party, DemonRats. When corruption is found out, it is prosecuted which is the opposite in the Unfree state of Maryland to which calamity and hypocrisy know no boundaries.

A Life Well Lived said...

So, you chose a 6% sales tax early and left the #2 ranked state public school system in the nation.

Good deal.

But we're a little off the opinion of an opinion regarding Cumberland, are we not?

warpmine said...

We chose York Township which falls under the Dallastown school district which also has most of the $'s. 6% on some items was much better than 5% on all of what we buy. What do you have now, smart ass? 6% on almost everything and what do you get for that? Unlimited corruption from a one party ruled state. My vote counts here much better than I could have hoped for in Baltimore which is weighted heavily by voters that are dead and those that are absolutely clueless like yourself. Just keep voting DemonRat and watch that tax money flush down the toilet around and down it goes. Unfortunately, the politicians are like floater turds, they never go out with the soiled water.

Unfunded policy mandates, no sweat, Maryland will just tax you a bit more after all, in your demented mind, the state can spend that money better than you.

Cygnus said...

This is one part of why we're moving to Nevada (no state income tax) as soon as we sell our house in Frederick County. Heck, I consider Dingy Harry Reid a step up from Owe Malley.

Anonymous said...

Really, I'm not Bruce, just too lazy to set a fake identity. All I'm saying is that words and quotes fly freely but hard data does not. I didn't even disagree with the notion that those folks are leaving due to taxes. But there's nothing to back up the claim.

The US Chamber of Commerce annually surveys why businesses relocate and to where. For them taxes generally ranks in the lower part of the top 10 reasons and quality of education ranks #1 each time. I know those aren't the average MD homeowner, but at least it provides some insight. And I don't think anyone with half a brain would accuse the USCC of being liberal apologists.

Anyway, warptime seems to have listed corrupt Democratic politicians and one-party rule in Maryland as his main reason for leaving. I'm OK with that and find it insightful. At least those are the words of a real person and not someone who trawls the internet for someone else's opinion with which he agrees.