Disgruntled Residents: Voters’ Choice Whether To Raise Taxes

Two Prince George’s County residents have filed a lawsuit alleging that the county government illegally disregarded a tax cap when it raised property taxes in May 2015, according to The Washington Post. The plaintiffs allege that the four cent property tax increase should have been subject to referendum this November. Reports The Post: 

Prince George’s County voters prohibited elected leaders from raising taxes for more than three decades through a tax cap imposed via referendum in the late 1970s. The tax limit was changed slightly in the ensuing decades but remained in place until May 2015, when the County Council levied a 4-cent property-tax increase after rejecting a more controversial proposal from County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D).

County officials indicated that they have not yet been served with the lawsuit.