Alan Rzepkowski, chairman of Anne Arundel's Republican Central Committee, said the veto burnishes Neuman's Republican credentials.
"It shows she is a conservative and she does care about the citizens of Anne Arundel County and the amount of taxes they pay," he said.
But Alison Prost, Maryland executive director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, said there's been misinformation about the stormwater fee, and the "rain tax" talk hasn't helped.
"It's a very serious issue that I feel is being written off by calling it a rain tax," she said.
The fees are needed, she said, because stormwater is an expensive and growing source of pollution to the Chesapeake and the rivers that feed into it. The money would pay for upgrading stormwater control systems and restoring streams damaged by uncontrolled runoff.
The foundation supported the bill passed by the Anne Arundel council. Prost said the clock is ticking for the council to pass another version.
"My worry is they'll continue to delay and try to find something perfect," she said.
If Anne Arundel — or any other county — does not meet the deadline, there's not likely to be immediate consequences, said Les Knapp, legal and policy counsel for the Maryland Association of Counties.
However, if the state deems any county is not acting in good faith in setting up a program, then perhaps it could withhold water quality funding or limit permits, Knapp said. Lawsuits from citizens could be possible, too.
"I think everyone's planning to meet the date and if they miss it, it will only be because they're wrapping up the process," Knapp email@example.com