February 1, 2012

The D.C. government recently announced a $240 million surplus [Metro, Jan. 31]. Last year, it imposed new income and sales taxes, including a 6 percent sales tax on security and investigative services. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), who voted against the tax increases, was quoted this week in The Post as saying, “We never should have raised taxes. We took money from people under the pretense that we needed it.”

I hope the D.C. Council will move quickly to repeal the taxes. The sales tax imposed on my security and investigative firm places it at a competitive disadvantage with companies from Virginia, where there is no sales tax on such businesses. The tax also is having a detrimental effect on the security and investigative services industry.

Charles T. Pinck, Washington

The writer is a partner in the Georgetown Group.