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Montgomery County Holding Hearing On Energy Tax

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Councilmembers in Montgomery County are holding a public hearing this evening on a contentious plan to keep an energy tax increase on the books.

The increase, approved two years ago during the height of the economic recession, is supposed to expire later this year, but county executive Isiah Leggett proposed keeping the increase indefinitely when he outlined his budget plan for the next fiscal year, saying the county will have to slash millions in spending if the tax recedes to its previous level.

Business organizations like the county chamber of commerce are angry with the change, as many of them begrudgingly accepted the increase as necessary two years ago because of the state of the economy, with the thought that it was only a temporary solution.

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