The two candidates for Baltimore County Executive, Democrat John “Johnny O” Olszewski Jr. and Republican Alfred “Al” Redmer Jr. squared off in front of about 100 people at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Monday night.
State environmental officials signed off Tuesday on a list of projects that aim to reduce the amount of pollution that rain washes into the Chesapeake Bay, despite criticisms from environmental groups that the efforts are inadequate.
Baltimore is grappling with a plan to remove hundreds of acres of pavement — and find more creative ways to drastically reduce the amount of pollution that rain washes into waterways — over the next two and a half years to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay.
The Harford County Council approved $200,000 for the county attorney's office to hire outside counsel for two cases, including one to appeal state requirements for stormwater remediation, previously known as the "rain tax."
Carving out space for community services in this year's fiscal year budget was a major talking point at the Howard County Council's annual discussion organized by the Association of Community Services of Howard County.
As the Baltimore County Council voted 7-0 without comment Monday to phase out the county's stormwater remediation fee, opponents in the audience held up signs that said, "Show us the $." They were referring to the lack of a plan by the county to pay for federally mandated stormwater remediation, if not with the current fee.
The Carroll County Times' July 30 editorial, "Stormwater fee measure continues to spring leaks," unfortunately tarred a clean water program that really works well. Stormwater pollution, or polluted runoff, is the only increasing major source of nitrogen pollution to the Chesapeake Bay and local waters. It is also the most expensive to clean up.
A Montgomery County Circuit Court decision declaring the county's storm-water management fee invalid only applies in Montgomery for now, but it's creating ripples of anxiety in Baltimore area communities that still levy such fees to pay for reducing the polluted runoff fouling local streams and the Chesapeake Bay.
As the Harford County Council began its review Tuesday of County Executive Barry Glassman's proposed $642 million operating budget for the 2016 fiscal year, a ghost of taxes past entered into the discussion.
The latest effort to put an end to the furor over the "rain tax," stormwater remediation fee, as its supporters prefer to call it, comes from Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, who is sponsoring a bill to retool the fee. The bill deserves support
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller's bid to end the long-running political uproar over the so-called "rain tax" ran into some turbulence Wednesday, as witness after witness urged a House panel to retool the Democratic leader's bill.
As the General Assembly debates repealing a hotly contested fee meant to pay for efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, it turns out the name you give that fee can make it less controversial. Proponents call it the stormwater fee. Critics, including Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, call it the rain tax.
A House committee voted along party lines Friday to kill Gov. Larry Hogan's bill to repeal the so-called "rain tax.'' Dealing a blow to one of the Republican governor's top legislative priorities, the Democratic majority of the House Environmental Matters and Transportation Committee refused to roll back the controversial 2012 law that requires Baltimore city and the state's nine largest counties to levy storm-water remediation fees on property owners.
Gov. Larry Hogan's campaign pledge to repeal Maryland's so-called "rain tax" got a Senate hearing Tuesday, where a Republican county executive, a parade of business owners, and even one Democratic senator called the mandatory pollution cleanup fees unfair, burdensome and unnecessary.