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Story showed what we are getting for tax dollars [Letter]

The Towson Times has provided a great community service by reporting on one specific program to clean up our waterways funded by the stormwater remediation program (" Baltimore County fights pollution with street sweeping," Nov. 5). Government at all levels and environmental organizations have done a poor job of explaining to citizens exactly how funds generated by the "rain tax" are being used. That has allowed opponents of the environmental program to control the discussion and trivialize it by dubbing it the rain tax.

Some years ago when legislation was passed to fund upgrading sewage systems and replacing failing septic systems it too was trivialized by calling it the "flush tax". Although citizens may have not liked the tax, they could clearly understand it and see how the funds were being used.

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Until now, there has been little explanation as to how stormwater remediation fees are actually being used for specific programs. Lacking that information it is easy for citizens to be cynical about the imposition of yet another tax. Additional reporting on ongoing projects by Baltimore County on the use of these funds should help citizens see what we are getting for our tax dollars.

Kenneth Lewis, M.D.

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