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Report: County Bag Tax Brings $2 Million In Revenue

Montgomery County's controversial bag tax brought in more than double the anticipated revenue, The Washington Examiner reported.

Montgomery County's controversial 5-cent tax on shopping bags has brought in more than $2 million in its first year, The Washington Examiner reported.

The $2.1 million total through November could be pushed to $2.2 million once December numbers come in, County spokesperson Patrick Lacefield told The Washington Examiner.

Projected revenues for the bag tax were based on Washington, DC's, first year (2011) with the tax, according to the report. DC's system has brought in less money than expected as people brought their own bags to stores.

The Montgomery County bag tax took effect on Jan. 1, 2012, and was intended to reduce the number of plastic bags in county waterways. The county expected to earn up to $1.5 million from this tax in the first year.

Read the full story on bag tax revenue on The Washington Examiner.

SPEAK OUT: One year after the bag tax took effect in Montgomery County, where do you stand on it? Do you pony up the extra change to pay for your bags each time you shop or do you bring your own reusable bags? Tell us in the comments!

Jeff Hawkins January 31, 2013 at 08:36 PM
I would like to know.....where did all my "nickels" go?
Matt February 01, 2013 at 01:47 AM
As a business owner I find the tax still extremely annoying. 1.Having to ask a customer every time if they need a bag 2. a customer saying no at first, then asking for one after you ran their credit card 3. dealing with people that do not know about the law 4. People still take time to decide if they need a bag or not 5. after someone spends a considerable amount of money you have to charge them 5 cents for a bag 6. The elderly and handicap that need a bag with handles to take out their product, I have to charge them?? This is ridiculous.
reaganredux February 01, 2013 at 12:52 PM
thats a lie
Juliann Goldman February 01, 2013 at 01:57 PM
I use my own bags but I don't mind the minor 5 cent charge if I forget. What bothers me more are the shoppers who think that it is ok to "borrow" a shopping cart to take their stuff home. I am finding more carts around the neighborhood because people are mad that they have to pay 5 cents for a bag.
C.Z. Guy February 01, 2013 at 05:13 PM
"The Montgomery County bag tax took effect on Jan. 1, 2012, and was intended to reduce the number of plastic bags in county waterways. " That is a flat out lie - it is nothing more than another revenue stream for a hugely bloated county government that refuses to cut wasteful spending. So it puts yet another burden on those who can least afford it
Brigitta Mullican February 01, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Who is managing how that money will be spent? Does it require another full-time position?
reaganredux February 01, 2013 at 08:08 PM
this is just a way to steal revenue. The government can't stop spending, they can't , its like a disease. so tax everything, and it doesnt have a damn thing to do with the environment, just stealing your money. Its our money and they are stealing it for stupid feel good ideas
Jesse Parkes February 01, 2013 at 08:15 PM
Yeah it's crazy. Now I have to pay a whole nickel every time I want to throw a bag in the Chesapeake! Gosh what is this world coming to. I remember the days I could get my bag free and throw in it any lake I wanted.
Sherry Jackson February 02, 2013 at 01:18 PM
The bag tax is just another way to subsidize welfare for illegal aliens!! The tax should be discontinued immediately.
Robert E. Williamson February 06, 2013 at 01:53 AM
We reuse the same bags for everything except we pay for paper bags from Giant for groceries since we recycle them as collection containers for recycable paper and newspapers. My question is whether the nickel has resulted in fewer plastic bags in the waste stream/Chesapeak Bay.

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