If you're wavering about whether to support Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich's bill to legalize slot machines, here's one more reason - it just might hold down your property taxes.
With population in many Maryland counties surging, there's a need for new school construction. Washington County school officials recently announced they would have to build one new school each year to keep up with new enrollment.
In November, the Washington County Board of Education voted to more than double its capital funding request from $60 million to $171 million.
The state government pays a share of this, but much of it will come from Washington County's coffers. Even new fees on building and construction won't cover all of the costs.