If any other county is in the same boat, you'd think it would be Anne Arundel. Not only does it have strict property tax caps, but it also has the highest projected costs for stormwater mitigation projects of any county in the state — about $464 million over five years, or more than 20 percent of the state-wide total — because of its degree of urbanization and its extensive shoreline. Consequently, County Executive Steve Schuh, a Republican who voted for the stormwater fee when he was in the House of Delegates, did not initially make a push to reduce or eliminate the county's fee, preferring instead to pursue a moderate property tax reduction. When asked, he said he didn't believe he could get the county council to vote for a repeal. But something changed, and last month, he threw his weight behind a plan to phase out Arundel's fee over three years, saying he could do so without jeopardizing the county's spending on stormwater mitigation.