Irritated by proliferation of taxes in Harford, elsewhere [Letter]


When is enough, "enough?"

When will the raising of fees, taxes and tolls on the average Maryland taxpayer be enough? When will the real leaders in Maryland politics rise up and speak against these ever more burdening costs to an already struggling electorate? I just don't get it. Why won't Republicans band together and speak with one voice in opposition against the majority rule in Maryland? Why won't conservative Democrats speak against the establishment elites in Maryland and try and slow down the rising costs to live and breathe in Maryland? And when will an independent party finally rise up in Maryland to challenge the strong holds in each of our politically segregated districts?

Just the other day, I got my semi-annual Harford County tax statement and I finally saw the Maryland Stormwater Fee, otherwise known as the "Rain Tax." Yeah, it's only an additional $125 dollars, and thank God, Harford County Government is only making me pay 10 percent of it until they allow the Harford County Council to conduct a study on how to implement it fully. I even asked a local Democratic candidate for the 2014 State Senate seat, if he agreed with this new fee. He said he owned 25 rental properties and of course he won't just stick by the establishment, especially since only 10 counties in the state were given the bill to pay it.

I also recently noticed a substantial uptick in my quarterly water bill. At first thought, I figured it's the summer and I guess my kids have been using the water a little more than usual to fill up their plastic pool, but that was until I read the words in red in the middle of the page. It says, "The Bay Restoration Fee has increased from $7.50 to $15 per quarter by passage of House Bill 446 and Senate Bill 240 by the Maryland State Legislature." My first untamed thoughts were, "Commi's." That's right, as a veteran of 15 years in the Army National Guard, we often make jokes about those organizations or people who attempt to suppress freedom in America. Well, as much as it is a joke it is sad. Let me guess, the cost of restoring the beautiful Chesapeake Bay has doubled in price over the last year. Or maybe, they just wait every four to five years to double it, to not make it an annual increase on the taxpayer. Really? When will it ever be enough?!?

What about the tolls in Maryland? Has anybody with a sane mind and keen eye noticed how long it has taken the Interstate 95 expansion from Exit 60 - Moravia Road to Exit 67 - White Marsh? Not to mention the everlasting maintenance of the on and off ramps to I-695. I thought the speed cameras were supposed to mitigate the cost. Or let me guess, the regular 25 to 50 percent toll increases are happening to keep the tunnels clean and safe. Again, when will it ever be enough?!?

Should we even mention the out of touch gun legislation or sending the teachers' pensions back to the counties? The list goes on and on. But wait, it gets better: we still have one more session under this governor, and I'm guessing that the list will only be larger next year right when the campaign season is in full swing. At this rate, I guess anybody who calls the next Democratic ticket for governor, "O'Malley the 3rd," could have a really good chance to stir up the anger of the opposite party, just like President Obama did in 2008.

I hope all of the informed voters out there are listening in Maryland and are tirelessly communicating to the less informed voters of what is really going on in Maryland. I don't think we will become the next Detroit, but you better believe in the next five to 10 years, if we keep raising taxes, fees and tolls on average Maryland taxpayers, you will have less and less of them and eventually the good government jobs won't be able to keep this state above water. I look to any Maryland political leader to finally stand up and say "Enough is enough! Maryland taxpayers just can't take this any longer." It's not right and it's definitely not the Free State any more.

Adam Obest


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