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Blame It On the Rain – Maryland County Votes to Tax Stormwater

The Howard County Council in Maryland has voted to enact a $105 charge for all residents of the county to fund stormwater restoration projects.  The stormwater tax (or fee as they call it) will appear on every resident’s July tax bill.

Via the Baltimore Sun:

Howard County property owners can expect to see a new fee on their annual tax bill in July.

After a three-hour legislative session Thursday that included the passage of 17 amendments, the Howard County Council voted to approve legislation creating a state-mandated stormwater fee to fund stormwater restoration projects. The average residential property owner will be charged about $105, according to county officials, but the fees are expected to be lower for most residential property owners in the east part of the county and higher than $105 for most in the west.

“It is going to impact everyone in the county,” Council member Mary Kay Sigaty said. “I believe that what we have done is to create a fair system of assessment.”

The council voted 4-1 to implement the fee with Greg Fox, the council’s lone Republican who represents western Howard County, voting against.

As bizarre as taxing rainfall may seem, the federal government has actually tried to regulate rain in Virginia in the past, claiming it was a pollutant.

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker, FoxNews.com, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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