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No room for tax

A few weeks back in this space, we noted it would be good for Harford County to be allowed to join every other state and county in the republic in levying a room tax on people who travel here to stay overnight in a motel or bed and breakfast inn.

It is, after all, a tax we who live in Harford County pay every time we stay overnight in another county.

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Last week, the county's tourism lobby made it clear, once again, it supports such a tax. The tourism lobby sees such a tax as a way to pay for promoting the county as a tourist destination.

As a matter of tax policy, not having such a tax kind of puts the county at a disadvantage because county citizens pay it when they travel, but have to foot the bill for stress on public infrastructure when other people visit Harford County. In a way, Harford taxpayers pay when they travel, and they pay when they don't.

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It is clear, however, the county isn't likely to get authority for a room tax — authority granted to the state's other counties – because at least one person who represents the county in Annapolis is opposed to it. The reason is a simple opposition to any tax, even if by not having that tax ends the people they represent – Harford County taxpayers.- end up paying for it in spades.

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