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Maryland Begins Taxing Residents for Flushing (Goodby Gov. Robert Ehrlich.)
foxnews.com/ ^ | Monday, December 12, 2005 | ap

Posted on 12/13/2005 2:30:07 PM PST by cope85

Maryland Begins Taxing Residents for Flushing Monday, December 12, 2005 LA PLATA, Md.

The arrival of bills for the state's new "flush tax" is taking some property owners by surprise in Charles County. "I have cauliflower ear," said County Treasurer Jerome Peuler.

"I think we've probably received thousands of phone calls because people are not used to getting a bill that looks like a tax bill out of cycle."

The new Maryland "flush tax," a $30 fee that generates money for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Restoration Fund, will be collected for the first time this year.

It was seen as a major piece of environmental legislation for Gov. Robert Ehrlich. It is expected to raise $60 million to $70 million a year

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: flush; flushtax; revenuing; tax; taxincrease
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Goodby Gov. Robert Ehrlich.
1 posted on 12/13/2005 2:30:10 PM PST by cope85
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To: cope85

Snicker...this is almost funny. So how did they sneak this one through the door? Hopefully they left the lid down after they voted????


2 posted on 12/13/2005 2:33:13 PM PST by silentknight
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To: cope85

This tax stinks to high heaven.


3 posted on 12/13/2005 2:33:36 PM PST by silentknight
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To: cope85

And I had a lib get hot under the collar when I called this state the "people's Republic of Maryland", the guy was ready to throw punches after I suggested taxes were far to high for the quality of service.

Then I found out he worked for the school district next county over, I just removed myself as quickly as possible. He was acting like he was spoiling for a fight I had no intention to give.


4 posted on 12/13/2005 2:34:55 PM PST by Hawk1976 ("Vote for us, you backwards, slack-jawed, inbred, knuckle-dragging fascists!"-DU)
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To: cope85

It is an old and venerable tradition. "Pecunia non olet" by one Vespasian Flavius.


5 posted on 12/13/2005 2:34:58 PM PST by GSlob
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To: cope85

Poop Tax? I can die now. I've seen it all.


6 posted on 12/13/2005 2:35:56 PM PST by Eastbound
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To: Eastbound

I heard a rumor that out house sales are through the roof. Anyone else here this???


7 posted on 12/13/2005 2:36:59 PM PST by silentknight
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To: cope85
For more on the "flush tax" click here.

I think the folks in MD ought to have themselves a little T(P)-party...

8 posted on 12/13/2005 2:37:30 PM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: silentknight

With the low flow toilets you usually have to flush twice. Would that be considered double taxation????


9 posted on 12/13/2005 2:37:49 PM PST by silentknight
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To: cope85
"But we don't know whether the process of elimination leaves us with the people who are on well and septic," he said.

Process of elimination???????????

10 posted on 12/13/2005 2:39:14 PM PST by petitfour
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To: Hawk1976
"I just removed myself as quickly as possible. He was acting like he was spoiling for a fight I had no intention to give."

~sigh~
Why doesn't this *ever* happen to me.

Story of my life.

...wrong place at the wrong time. {g}

11 posted on 12/13/2005 2:39:35 PM PST by Landru (If a sucker's born every minute, that's a lotta suckers.)
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To: silentknight

"The governor wanted it and got it passed a while back, and it kind of seemed to go away for a while," Curtian said. "Now it's close to reality because people are going to start seeing their fee."

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s original proposal in January 2004 called for the $2.50 per month surcharge to be levied only on users of municipal sewage systems, which would have covered about 84 percent of Marylanders. Septic system owners were added after wrangling between the governor and legislative leaders that lasted nearly the entire 2004 session.

Ehrlich expressed misgivings about the septic provisions of the bill but said at the time the measure was "too important to veto."


12 posted on 12/13/2005 2:40:20 PM PST by cope85
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To: Landru

hmmm, so in MD property tax covers all the improvements except toilets.....interesting state: Note to self, stay the hell out of MD.......


13 posted on 12/13/2005 2:41:55 PM PST by michaelbfree
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To: silentknight

"People are coming in here saying, 'I have a two-hole outhouse, I'm not going to pay you.' " Peuler said. "We have a saying around here: 'You pee, you poo, you pay.' The three P's, you know?"


14 posted on 12/13/2005 2:42:52 PM PST by cope85
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To: cope85

Too funny. Good job Maryland taxpayers, keep those contributions coming.

Oh, and please don't move here to Virginia to avoid the taxation that you voted for. We already have too many liberals.

Thank you.


15 posted on 12/13/2005 2:43:25 PM PST by gathersnomoss
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To: cope85
www.compostingtoilet.org

:)

16 posted on 12/13/2005 2:43:37 PM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: michaelbfree

a $30 fee that generates money for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Restoration Fund


17 posted on 12/13/2005 2:43:45 PM PST by cope85
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To: michaelbfree

JUst paid my poop tax - but i will get even - prunes every day from now on with plenty of cabbage..might just send a sample to the GOV.


18 posted on 12/13/2005 2:45:12 PM PST by ConsentofGoverned (if a sucker is born every minute, what are the voters?)
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To: cope85

Hello Gov. Martin O'Malley


19 posted on 12/13/2005 2:45:20 PM PST by J_Frank_Parnell
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To: cope85

And yet another Republican goes down in flames after taking a Democrat's tax-and-spend suggestion.


20 posted on 12/13/2005 2:45:23 PM PST by thoughtomator (What'ya mean you formatted the cat!?)
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