Montgomery County Question B (2008)
The measure had to do with the number of votes needed to override the county's property tax limit. With Question B's approval, a unanimous vote of nine councilmembers would be required, rather than the 7 out of 9 votes currently required to levy a tax on real property that will produce revenue that exceeds the annual limit on property tax revenue.
Question B was proposed by Robin Ficker, who has previously placed 17 other ballot measures on the Montgomery County ballot.
In a year-end write-up, the Washington Post described what happened thusly:
- · After a 34-year battle to lower county taxes, activist Robin Ficker won, at least on one ballot measure that passed in November by about 5,000 votes. Ficker's measure, known as Question B, made it harder for the County Council to exceed Montgomery's charter limit on property tax revenue. It requires a unanimous vote of the nine council members to surpass the limit, rather than the previous requirement of seven votes.
- MoCo ballot measure opponents get ahead of the news
- Profile of Robin Ficker
- Why you should vote against Question B (dead link), from the Maryland Education Association.
- Officials fear voter anger could fuel tax amendment