On the 2008 ballot in Prince George’s County, MD is a proposal to increase the county telecommunications tax. The language of the proposal is
Charter Required Referendum
Telecommunications and Service Sales and Use Tax
An Act to increase the sales and use tax on gross receipts from telecommunications service within Prince George’s County from 8 percent to 11 percent to increase funding available to the Prince George’s County Board of Education.
- For the Charter Referendum
- Against the Charter Referendum.
This would be laudable if it were effective. The reality is that this money will not help the school system very much. The Prince George’s Public School’s budget is $1.65 billion dollars. Question F would contribute a 1% increase to the school budget ($17million/$1.65 billion=0.0103). This is a minuscule amount that I doubt will help the school system very much.
Consider: If the proposal passes, all the County Council would have to do is allow the $17 million from the ballot question go to the school system, but stop itself from distributing $17 million from the county’s general revenues to the school system. The result–the schools do not really receive a benefit.