From Washington Post;
Montgomery County officials collected $154,000 during the first month of implementing its controversial bag tax, according to county data released Thursday.
The 5-cent tax on paper and plastic carryout bags debuted Jan. 1. County officials say they are making as much as expected.
County officials have expected that stores would distribute more than 36 million carryout bags in 2012. Stores distributed 3.8 million bags in January, according to the data which the county provided to The Washington Post.
Officials also had expected that they would raise about $1.2 million this year. If the January rate continues, the county would make about 50 percent more than expected, or $1.8 million. But county officials have said bag use would drop over time.