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Tuesday, April 09, 2013

‘Rain Tax’ On Property Owners For Bay Cleanup Survives Attempt To Delay It

An attempt to delay implementation of stormwater clean-up fees that will cost Maryland property owners millions come July failed in the legislature’s final day. The delay died after it was attached to a bill exempting nonprofits and government agencies from the fees known by critics as “the rain tax.”

The amendment to delay the fees for two years was sponsored by Sen. Edward Kasemeyer, D-Howard, who said the timing was not right for an increase in government fees, even though he supported the principle that governments should invest in environmental clean-up.

The House of Delegates committee refused to bring this revision of the bill to the floor for a vote, and the end result is water clean-up fees will be charged to every commercial and residential property owner without exception.



Anonymous said...

hey dude, clean up your own polluted back yard and leave us alone.

Anonymous said...

They are using the wrong argument here. All buildings built with a roof and a parking lot have already paid the required expense by being forced to also build in or under the property a stormwater retention pond complete with check dams, settling dams, filtered barriers and outfalls and 100 year overflows. 100 year. 100 year.
If you want to charge me more, come back in 100 years and see if my overflow was ever used.

These are YOUR RULES! If they are not working it's YOUR FAULT. Lobby to change the rules for future building sites, but you can't do this EX POST FACTO.

Anonymous said...

O'Malley has lost his mind, When will the People Revolt?