Stormwater fees

Perhaps the most contentious political issue in Maryland since the 2013 session has been the so-called "rain tax" -- a state-mandated fee in large counties and Baltimore City to pay for stormwater remediation required under the Environmental Protection Agency¿s Chesapeake Bay pollution diet. Republicans will push for all-out repeal, and even some Democrats are likely to advocate for significant changes in the law. Lawmakers should resist those efforts. The fees allow local governments flexibility to decide how to pay for the cost of public projects that reduce sediments, nutrients and harmful chemicals that can run off streets and other impervious surfaces during and after a storm.
Barbara Haddock Taylor, Baltimore Sun
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