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Growth and Our Quality of Life:  Finding the Right Balance in Frederick County

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Some land uses cost more than others – due to the services they demand.  Open space saves the county money as taxes are paid on undeveloped land and there is virtually no cost to the county for services.   Farmland is also a net plus. For every dollar a farmer pays in taxes, he or she costs only 53 cents for services, leaving the county with a 47-cent surplus from every tax dollar.  On the other hand, residential growth costs us more than the taxes collected.  On average for every one dollar paid to the county in taxes by a new homeowner, the county pays out one dollar and fourteen cents for services such as water, sewer, schools and roads.  Taxes might need to be increased to cover the deficit created by residential growth… … or it can by covered by the positive balance from agricultural and commercial properties.