Charles County, Md., voters seek recourse after commissioners break anti-tax pledge

When Ken Robinson ran in 2010 to be a commissioner in Charles County, Maryland, he told the local Realtors’ lobby in writing that he wouldn’t raise real estate taxes that can increase the purchase price of a home.

“We need to make it easier for qualified individuals to be able to buy into the American dream of homeownership,” he wrote in answers to a questionnaire from the Southern Maryland Association of Realtors (SMAR). “Increases in transfer taxes, recordation stamp taxes, excise taxes, or impact fees are market entry barriers.”

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