ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY
Question D would prevent annual property tax revenue from growing by more than 4.5 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower.
There are four tax and spending questions on the ballot, and at least two contradict each other. If contradictory questions are approved, and each needs only a simple majority to pass, it is likely to be up to the courts to decide what is law.
Question F would limit property tax revenue increases to the rate of inflation, with exemptions for new construction, rezoned land, property that is assessed differently than before and property in special development taxing districts. Council members could override the measure if seven of nine members approve. The County Council grows from seven to nine members after tomorrow's elections.
Question G would prevent the county tax rate from climbing any higher than its 1988 level, a level higher than the present rate.
Question H would prohibit the county from spending money on projects that the state is required to fund.
Question I would limit property tax revenue increases to three-quarters of the rate of inflation, with exemptions for new construction and property that has changed in use. Furthermore, it would limit property taxes from making up any more than 37 percent of the county's aggregate operating budget (40 percent in the first year). A seven-member County Council majority could override the measure.
Question T would limit property tax revenue from growing more than 2 percent in any year. Revenue needed to repay interest on debt would be exempt.