Buyer’s Remorse in Annapolis

Have to bet that the voters in Annapolis are having a bit of a sinking feeling these days:

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley wants to raise city property taxes for the first time since 2014.

The first-term Democrat called righting the city’s financial health his ultimate goal for the budget he introduced Monday to the City Council. Buckley proposed raising the property tax rate about 13 cents for every $100 of assessed property value to meet expenses.

If adopted by the council, the hike would bring the city property tax rate to about $0.779 for every $100 assessed.

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Now of course anybody who has ever seen a Democrat running for office knows that tax increases are all part of the game. But Buckley made it a point to promise the voters that he wouldn’t raise taxes:

Buckley in a questionnaire filled out for the progressive activist group Action Annapolis, Buckley stated his opposition for raising property taxes.

“The largest single contributor to the city budget is property tax revenue, which is consistent with other municipalities — and most residents would be able to guess that is true every April 15th when their tax bill comes,” Buckley wrote.

“I do not support raising property taxes and chasing more people out of the city limits — instead, we have to leverage our position as a tourism center and consider a dedicated 0.5% sales tax from the state’s fund that will fill our capital budget for projects like the Hillman Garage.”

Let’s be blunt; Gavin Buckley lied to the people of Annapolis. He lied to the voters in the primary, and he certainly lied to the voters in the general election. This had a lot to do with the fact that the incumbent Mayor, Republican Mike Pantelides, was not going to propose a tax increase.

But none of this surprises you does it? Buckley ran as a radical left-wing candidate, railing against the Democratic establishment. Buckley’s brand of radical “progressivism” is predicated on the idea that the size of government must be increased and that taxes must be increased to pay for the larger size of government. Buckley made his promise not to raise taxes knowing full-well that he had absolutely no intention to keep it.

With a broken promise not to raise taxes and his chief of staff quitting shortly into his term, Buckley’s administration is already in disarray.  At this point the voters in Annapolis must be having buyer’s remorse.

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