The Night Note: 7/27/10

The Night Note: The Tax Man Cometh

By Brendan Williams-Kief
|  Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010  |  Updated 6:31 PM EDT
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FOR SOME ARLINGTON RESTAURANTS THE TAX MAN COMETH
A handful of tax-delinquent restaurants have all reduced their debts to Arlington County over the past eight months. But the restaurants still collectively owe the county hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid meals taxes.

The now-defunct Bebo Trattoria, Arlington Catering Company and Murky Coffee owe $133,825.80, $66,581.76 and $46,240.93 respectively as of July 12. That’s down from $156,330.96, $70,734.58 and $52,949.69 (according to a past Washington City Paper article), for a total reduction of $33,366.74 collectively.

Shirlington’s Extra Virgin and Clarendon’s Tandoori Nights, both of which are still in business, also paid down their considerable debts. (ARLNow)

PEPCO GIVING RESTORATION ESTIMATES
Pepco customers who are still without electricity can get estimated restoration times.

People can call 1-877-737-2662 for an individual estimated restoration time.

Pepco says they hope to have power restored to the majority of customers by Thursday.(WTOP)

HEALTH CARE REFORM TO SAVE MD $829M
Federal health care reform could save Maryland roughly $829 million in health care costs until 2020, but drive up costs thereafter -- to the tune of $46 million in fiscal 2020 -- as the federal government begins shifting more expenses onto states.

The state is expecting about 400,000 uninsured Marylanders to enroll for coverage by 2017, according to the report by Maryland's Health Care Reform Coordinating Council.

Expanding coverage will increase state contributions to Medicaid, but savings and new revenue will far outweigh any added costs for the first decade, the council concluded. (Washington Examiner)

YAHOO TRAFFIC UNDER-REPORTED
Reston-based comScore Inc., considered one of the most credible sources for measuring Internet traffic, under-reported the number of Yahoo page views by U.S. Internet users in June by more than 1 billion.

It also misreported the amount of time Internet users spent on Yahoo Inc. sites.

ComScore recalculated the data after discovering a processing error it said was confined to Yahoo. (Washington Business Journal)

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