Second, the taxes that Mr. Henry proposes to raise are already exorbitant both relative to many surrounding counties and in general. For example, to purchase a $250,000 house in Baltimore City requires $5,000 in transfer taxes (1.5 percent to the city plus 0.5 percent of the purchase price to the state.) Transfer taxes on that same price house in Anne Arundel, Howard or Harford County (1 percent to county plus 0.5 percent to state) would set you back $3,750 at closing. In Florida, a state that many Marylanders are flocking to, the transfer taxes (0.70 per $100 of property) would be $1,750 throughout the state, except Miami-Dade County, where they are — get this — lower. If Mr. Henry’s legislation passes, taxes on that house in Baltimore City will rise to $5,625.