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Montgomery County's Bus Transit Plans May Require Tax Hike

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A Maryland task force is expected to recommend that Montgomery County must raise property taxes to help pay for expanded bus transit, according to a Washington Post report.

The task force was appointed by County Executive Ike Leggett a year ago to look for ways to implement a network of express bus lanes across the heavily traveled county. 

Task force members and county officials tell the Post that rapid bus transit is the cheapest way to move commuters along the county's congested corridor. 

In the end, the task force decided a property tax increase was a better option than an income or sales tax hike to fund the bus program, according to the Post. Contributions from state and local sources are expected to reduce the property tax increase but not to eliminate it. 

The findings from task force are due out next month.

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