I was upset this past summer when Anne Arundel County sued to keep the tax limitation off the ballot {Metro, Sept. 21}. I've always thought the people should have their say. I don't think our Founding Fathers intended for government to stamp out the will of the people. That's why they threw a lot of tea in Boston Harbor.

I for one am looking forward to the chance to vote on the limitation so I can vote it down. This measure would not save money for middle- and low-income people. The measure's supporters are big businesses and a few people with big waterfront homes.

I want to help prove to the supporters of this shortsighted measure that the voters value public services more than padding the pockets of the wealthy waterfront landowners. The people of Anne Arundel County have always worked hard to preserve our special quality of life. That's why this is such a wonderful place to live.

If big business and the rich would pay their fair share of taxes, the rest of us wouldn't have to worry about property-tax limitations. Rather than resorting to a foolish tax limit, which will only hurt us in the long run, I would rather see the voters support candidates who believe in providing services for the average person like myself.


Amid international problems, national paralysis and local election furor, Montgomery County voters have a major, clear-cut decision to make on Nov. 6: to defeat proposed charter amendments F, G, H and I.

Regardless of the intent of their proponents {Metro, Oct. 28}, these ballot questions do not give our county any new authority. They do not increase efficiency, slow development or change state law.

The language, if adopted, would put additional restrictions on our local officials, who are already limited by state law.

The future is unpredictable. The almost overnight developments in the Persian Gulf, the questionable economy and the failed local predictions of revenue (made just last spring) surely convince us that we cannot state in detail what should be done years from now.

All of us sometimes disagree with even our favorite officials. Most of us feel that tax laws should be more progressive. But these suggested amendments to the county charter do not solve any problems. They create new ones.

Strangely, any or all four of these confusing and contradictory proposals (though placed on referendum by small groups) can pass by a simple plurality of votes on that item, not a majority of citizens voting. They should all be opposed.


Chevy Chase