By FRANCA LEWIS
Video store owners don't like a Maryland state legislative measure that would permit local governments to double the tax on rentals of video tapes and game cartridges.
"It could close me down," said Ken Trenary of Family Video in Williamsport.
The state is considering an amusement tax of up to 5 percent. Maryland already charges a 5 percent sales tax.
If passed into law, the measure would give local government the option of adopting the additional tax.
Trenary said an extra tax could be devastating to his store, which is located near the state's border. Close to 40 percent of his business comes from West Virginia, so any additional tax would likely keep customers away, he said.
"It shocks me that Maryland is considering a new tax," Trenary said. "It's nothing more than greed."
Video rentals are one of the last forms of affordable family entertainment, he said.