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Today we have a chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39 degrees, with a west wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Tonight we have a  chance of rain and snow showers before 10:00 pm, then a chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18. West wind 8 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Having a bit of a “spacing” technical issue today.  My apologies, but wanted to publish and had to give up on trying to fix layout.  Computers… 🙂
I hope all had a great weekend and a very Merry Christmas.  I sure had a nice one, if a bit more “isolated”  than in past years.  Also, I hope that all of the folks in Nashville impacted by the explosion can get their lives back on track sooner rather than later.
Here’s a nice photo submitted by reader Don Coble.  It shows a water view across the lake from the shore near Brenda’s Pizzeria.  Thanks for sharing Don.
don coble 12-26-20

Reflections

The Pine Lodge Steakhouse in McHenry has what looks to be a very nice special menu planned for this coming Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, staring at 4:00 pm. They caution that due to pandemic restrictions, seating is limited, so book in advance.  301.387.6500.

 

It doesn’t hurt to plan for the future. Here’s a link to  the Maryland Office of Tourism website with ideas for trips and places to visit in Maryland.  Check it out.
St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Oakland asked us to remind folks that the parish office will be closed until January 4th, for the holidays.  They also wish all a Happy New Year.
As tax season approaches, I thought I would share some statistics sent to us from a study by HireAHelper that shows comparative tax rates/burdens in Maryland and other states:

The analysis found that in Maryland, property, income, and sales taxes for residents amount to about 9.43% of income. On average, residents spend about $5,905 annually on these taxes. Out of all U.S. states and the District of Columbia, Maryland places the 12th largest tax burden on its residents. Here is a summary of the data for Maryland:

  • Property, income, and sales taxes as a percentage of income: 9
  • Annual property, income, and sales taxes per person: $5,905
  • Property taxes as a percentage of income: 2.70%
  • Income taxes as a percentage of income: 3.94%
  • Sales taxes as a percentage of income: 2.79%

For reference, here are the statistics for the entire United States:

  • Property, income, and sales taxes as a percentage of income: 8.88%
  • Annual property, income, and sales taxes per person: $4,842
  • Property taxes as a percentage of income: 3.07%
  • Income taxes as a percentage of income: 2.39%
  • Sales taxes as a percentage of income: 3.43%

As always, I do not evaluate the data or methodolgy of the various studies and reports we get in, so check out for yourselves. Here’s the link to the full report and methodology.

 

Have a great Monday dear readers…