Ellicott City flood vindicates the 'rain tax'

The Ellicott City flood vindicates the 'rain tax.'

It is interesting that as Howard County officials plan to speed up spending on new storm water runoff control projects ("Building pressure," Aug. 14), critics of the derisively and wrongly labeled "rain tax" that animated so many Maryland Republican campaigns in 2014 have been suddenly silenced.

As the story pointed out, although the sudden volume of rain that flooded Ellicott City so tragically was unstoppable, this type of heavy storm run-off, aided by development, is more likely to repeat, and more money — like the funds raised by the storm water fees under attack by tax phobic Republicans — will be badly needed.

Larry Carson, Columbia

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