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Storm water fees are unnecessary and excessive

Isn't the storm water tax just another "protect the bay" fee ("The 'rain tax' sham," April 17)? Otherwise, what is the "flush tax" for and where does all this money go?

Your editorial suggests that "for most, the fee is modest. In Baltimore County, for instance, the owner of a single-family home will pay $39 annually."

I am being "modest fee'd" to death. Where are we now, 37 additional taxes, fees or rate increases in the last few years?

I guess we need to establish another bloated government agency with twice as many employees as needed, being paid too much to do as little as possible. Maryland's unemployment rate will then go down, and our legislators for life will look good.

It is no wonder people are retiring and moving out of this state.

Craig Garfield

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