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Is Balto. Co. using cleanup money?

I totally support the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay. I believe Maryland should assess each state resident, business and individual an equal tax to pay for the bay cleanup expenses. It should not be the responsibility of local governments to treat each county's residents differently. The Chesapeake Bay is a state resource and benefits each citizen. I also believe the states served by tributaries that flow into the bay should contribute to the cleanup expenses.

I have a serious concern about the current program ("Balto. County's unappealing repeal," Nov. 18). Based on my information, the fees collected far exceed the cleanup expenditures by millions of dollars. The Baltimore County Council was made aware of this in 2014 and 2015. If the need is so critical, why aren't we using the available funds?

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Please publish an accounting of the total fees collected compared to the total cleanup expenditures since inception of the program. This should be on a cash basis and not reflect estimated future expenditures and reserves since they have not been incurred.

Paul F. Mitchell, Nottingham

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