December 17, 2015

What You Need to Know about Montgomery’s Local Liquor Operations...

 
All jurisdictions “control” the sale of alcohol in some way, and about one-third of Americans live in jurisdictions with Local Liquor Control systems similar to that of Montgomery’s.
Local liquor control in Montgomery County contributes an average of $30 million in annual profit to the County’s general fund – helping us fund schools, transportation, help for the vulnerable in our midst – and more. Money generated by local liquor stays in the County, working for us – not in the pockets of wealthy out-of-state liquor interests. Privatization will eliminate this revenue to the County – requiring reductions in critical County services and/or up to a $100 additional property tax increase for every household. Plus the County would have to pay back $100 million in County liquor bonds.

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8 comments:

  1. Montgomery County's position on this issue, at least as discussed in Paperless Airplane, is laughable. Oh, horrors, those "wealthy out-of-state liquor interests." Why stop at liquor? Why not take over groceries, hardware, coffee--anything that we buy? And if the argument is that it's an adults-only controlled substance, then why doesn't MC control the sale of tobacco in exactly the same way?

    All MC's policy does is force people to go to DC, Va, or other Maryland counties where free enterprise has supplanted a county monopoly. It's time for MC to enter the 21st century and get out of the business of selling alcohol.

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  2. Let's get government out of what should be private business - this is nothing but a tax grab by MC.

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    1. Okay, but how do we replace the annual $30-$35 million this brings in that funds schools, roads, etc. Either services get cute or taxes go up.

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  3. Facts:
    -Poorly run bad selections.
    -Liquor bonds would be taken care of in a sale.
    -30M would be replaced with a tax on the resellers, probably more.

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    1. Thanks for your comment. The County does not have the authority to tax the resellers. All liquor taxes go to he state, not the County. One of the reasons privatization failed to advance in Virginia and Pennsylvania is that couldn't get the numbers to work.

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  4. Let us continue with our local liquor control!

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  5. Once again big government is trying to prop itself up without making a single cut. I'm sure the overhead alone on these state run stores would offset a big portion of the "30 million" you are crying about losing.
    You know your program is terrible when the Dogfishhead restaurant in Gaithersburg runs out of its own beer (60 and 90min) because of missed deliveries by the county.

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    1. Actually, County spending has gone up less than the rate of inflation over the last nine years. The percentage of County taxpayers income that goes to County taxes has gone down 5% over that same period. Local liquor control brings the County $30 - $35 million ever year without costing a dime.

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