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Montgomery County Wants Metro To Pay Taxes

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By David Schultz

Montgomery County recently implemented a new tax on energy usage, and it wants Metro to pay its share for this year -- almost $3 million.

But Metro spokesperson Angela Gates says Metro isn't subject to local, state or federal taxes. She says Metro was created by local governments in this area as a tax exempt entity.

A survey of local tax offices in Virginia, Maryland and D.C. confirms this. Arlington, Alexandria, the District - none impose taxes on Metro.

Montgomery County implemented the new energy tax earlier this year in part to plug a nearly $800 million gap in its budget. Representatives from Montgomery County didn't immediately return our calls for this story.

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