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County Council will stick homeowners with the bill for stormwater remediation

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Baltimore County Council's op-ed, "No rain tax," (Oct. 26) a wonderful piece of political kabuki which took up quite a bit of space yet said precisely nothing. It was filled with lots of fancy buzz words that managed to sound both patriotic and pro business — no mean feat for two mutually exclusive concepts. But there was one thing that seemed to be missing: any actual explanation of how the bills were going to be paid. Because there are going to be bills, there's no way around that. The stormwater remediation program is federally mandated with no "opt out" provision, so one way or another it will have to be paid for. But this piece didn't address that issue at all. It's almost as if the writers expect Tinker Bell to appear and wave her magic wand, and "poof" the bills will be paid. Maybe if we all clap our hands hard enough it will come true.

But in lieu of that, and lacking any specifics whatsoever, this "plan" of our noble council members is most likely going to do exactly what your editorial board said it was going to do: stick the homeowners of Baltimore County with the bill and let the businesses off with a free pass. It almost makes one wonder, who exactly is it that is paying our fabulous politicians (of both parties mind you) to spew their rhetorical nonsense in the pages of your newspaper? Maybe a little digging in their re-election campaign bank accounts will shed some light on the issue.

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William Smith, Baltimore

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