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Harford council passes room tax, repeals stormwater remediation fee
Harford council passes room tax, repeals stormwater remediation fee

The Harford County Council easily passed Tuesday night a long-sought room tax for the county and repealed Harford's version of the stormwater remediation fee – also known as the "rain tax." Councilman Chad Shrodes tried to push through an amendment on the room tax bill, which will collect 6 percent on rentals, that would have sent 25 percent of the revenue to the county's general fund instead of just to tourism activities, but the move was voted down. Shrodes said the 25 percent would mean $686,566 going to the general fund, allowing for potentially more road improvement projects and even a 1 percent raise for county employees. He pointed out only three...

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