Leggett rolls out Montgomery bag tax

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Capital Land,Brian Hughes

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett Monday proposed a 5 cent tax on each paper and plastic carryout bag purchased at retail locations in the suburb, mirroring a similar law in the District implemented to remove trash from area waters. 

"If you don't want to pay the fee, get a reusable bag," Leggett told The Washington Examiner, of the legislation that would go into effect next year if approved by the County Council. "It's that simple. It's not revenue enhancement. It's not like it's filling county coffers. It's easily avoidable."

The county estimates the tax would generate roughly $1.5 million next year, which would be directed to water and litter clean-up. The county spent $3 million on litter prevention and clean-up programs last year, officials said.

A majority of council members have indicated they will support the bill. However, some county residents are imploring them to reverse course, saying they are already too heavily taxed.

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