The Maryland Court of Appeals will review a challenge to Baltimore’s Billboard tax. Clear Channel Outdoor has asked courts to overturn a tax at the rate of $15 per square foot for digital billboards and $5 per square foot on other billboards. Clear Channel Outdoor says the tax is constitutionally flawed because it singles out a small group of speakers for a unique financial burden.
In Ohio Norton Outdoor and Lamar Advertising received a court ruling that the city’s billboard tax was an unconstitutional burden on free speech. The City of Cincinnati appealed. A a three judge Ohio State Court of Appeals will hear arguments in the Cincinnati case on June 3.
Insider’s take: Both cases are worth watching. Cash hungry municipalities may look to out of home to make covid-related shortfalls in sales tax revenue.