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Sun ignores real cost of 'rain tax'

As usual, The Sun gets it wrong on the real cost to homeowners of the "rain tax" ("The bogus 'rain tax' repeal," Nov. 24). According to the Sun's editorial board, the tax only costs about $39 a year for the typical Baltimore County homeowner. No big deal, right? Well, how about the residual costs that The Sun's editors conveniently leave out — like all the small businesses with parking lots for their customers who will pay a much higher rain tax, typically $1,000 to $5,000? And larger businesses like auto dealers or shopping centers and malls that will pay a rain tax in the tens of thousands of dollars — up to six figures in some cases.

And who do you think those additional costs that these businesses now have to pay will be passed on to? If you guessed all of us, you get a gold star. The taxpayers of Baltimore County and all the other counties affected by this tax or fee or whatever you want to call it will pay higher costs for goods and services from all of these businesses.

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So I ask you, oh "enlightened ones" on The Sun's editorial board, what is the real cost of the rain tax?

Mark Wilson, Fallston

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