Conduit Street Podcast
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson discuss property taxes, and why people tend to despise the property tax more than any other tax.
The property tax is the largest source of local revenue for Maryland's county governments. Counties depend on property tax revenue to fund public health, schools, public safety, roadway maintenance, and other essential public services upon which all county residents depend.
Yet, people hate the property tax more than other taxes. Why? Maybe it's because the property tax is the only tax left on the books for which people must write a big check.
Income taxes and Social Security contributions are withheld from paychecks before the recipients get their hands on the money. Merchants and other businesses remit sales taxes. The property tax is the only tax that a regular person gets a bill and has to pay it.
Is the property tax a tax on consumption (your house's cost)? If so, the tax is regressive, because housing costs take a bigger bite out of low-income household budgets. Or is the property tax a tax on capital (your return to owning a house)? If so, the tax would be progressive on average (because capital owners tend to be wealthier).
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