|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||25 Sep 2007 01:52:25 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-IRF] Ft. Meade (MD) and taxes|
A fair exchange Editorial Baltimore Sun (MD) September 23, 2007It's not unprecedented for the state of Maryland to tax a private, for-profit company that's doing business on public land. In fact, the law allows it - which makes Anne Arundel County's ire at the loss of tax revenue from a planned private development at Fort Meade understandable. The relocation of thousands of federal jobs to Fort Meade will increase traffic on roads leading to the base, but officials seeking compensation must focus their efforts on the private developer, not the government.
That's because a 1953 state law precludes taxing federal enclaves. But private developers shouldn't get a free ride simply because they are behind the gates of an Army base. There are also other ways they can help lessen the impact of the base's growth.
At issue is the planned construction of a $700 million office complex for defense-related contractors expected here as part of the federal Base Realignment and Closure plan. The Army Corps of Engineers has been negotiating to build the project under an arrangement in which the developer leases the land.
... For the entire article, see http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/editorial/bal-ed.bractax23sep23,0,6008920.story -- Lenny Siegel Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Installation_Reuse_Forum mailing list Installation_Reuse_Forum@list.cpeo.org http://www.cpeo.org/mailman/listinfo/installation_reuse_forum
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