Baltimore City “Bottle Tax” Fails After Long Debate

A proposed four-cent tax on bottled beverages was debated as a component of Baltimore City’s fiscal plan for FY 2011, but last night the City Council rejected the plan, leaving spending priorities still unresolved. From coverage from the Baltimore Sun:

A four-cent tax on bottled beverages that could have prevented scores of city workers from losing their jobs was defeated Thursday at an emergency meeting of the Baltimore City Council.

Without the tax — the centerpiece of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s package of new fees and tariffs to help bridge the city’s $121 million budget gap — the city plans to scale back street cleaning, graffiti removal and maintenance of vacant properties, among other services.

The eventual resulting effects on City services are still uncertain, as Council efforts with the spending plan continue.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties

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