Those who pay taxes in Montgomery County might be surprised to find out that they’re not paying as much as others who live in the D.C. area.
“There was some happiness when [you] realize that, ‘Oh, Montgomery County is not really that bad in terms of tax burden,”‘ said Leslie Rubin who helped write the report.
Montgomery County’s Office of Legislative Oversight compared its tax burden to that of five other counties including Howard, Prince George’s, Frederick, Fairfax and D.C.
“Montgomery County was the third highest out of the six,” Rubin said.
Researchers took into consideration data such as population and each county’s budget. They analyzed the individual tax burden on five different levels of income and Montgomery County came in third out of the six counties on almost every level.
“The report looked at individuals who had income levels of $25,000, $50,000, $75, $100, and $150,000 and looked at a family of three,” Rubin said.
The study was commissioned by the Montgomery County Council and took about three months to complete. For some, the results were unexpected.
“There was some pleasant surprise because from what this information showed. The tax burden in Montgomery County is actually lower than or very comparable to other jurisdictions,” Rubin said.