Montgomery County Exec Proposing Bag Tax

By Monique Hayes
|  Wednesday, Mar 2, 2011  |  Updated 7:00 PM EDT
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Montgomery County Exec Proposing Bag Tax

NBCWashington.com

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Montgomery County will consider a 5-cent fee for paper and plastic bags at county grocery stores.

On Monday, County Executive Isiah Leggett plans to officially announce the proposal. Under the plan, customers at grocery stores would pay a 5-cent fee for paper and plastic bags.

County Executive Leggett said he proposed the measure to reduce the amount of waste on county roads and encourage the use of reusable bags.

The County Council must approve the proposal before it can take effect. If approved, the fee will go into effect on Jan. 1 and could raise about $1 million in the first year.

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