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Henry Offers Last Ditch Bottle Tax Alternative

Councilman Bill Henry, who represents the York Road corridor, attempted to strip the 3 cent bottle tax increase.

Councilman Bill Henry made one last attempt to stop a 3-cent hike of the city’s bottle tax—and failed.

Henry, during a Taxation, Finance and Economic Development Committee voting session, tried to amend the bill to strip the increase, but remove a sunset provision from the bill.

Henry, who represents the York Road corridor, opposes the legislation because be said he believes it will put city businesses at a competitive disadvantage compared to Baltimore County businesses. The northern border of Henry’s district touches the city-county line.

He has also argued the city can leverage the $300 million in bonds that are needed for school construction, and rehabilitation without increasing the bottle tax. Henry has proposed a and dedicating 25 percent of projected revenues from a slots casino to school construction.

Henry’s last minute amendment failed when Councilman William Cole, Councilman Edward Reisinger and Councilman Warren Branch voted against the amendment.

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ralahinn1 June 12, 2012 at 05:05 PM
All the bottle tax does for me is make me switch to non- bottled or powdered drinks or buy more of my things in the county instead of the city, and if I go to the county to buy bottled drinks, I am buying other things there too.

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