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Speakout!

November 28, 2007

ISSUE:

The Anne Arundel County Council will take up a bill that would charge most homeowners a flat fee of $30 a year to help fund repairs to damaged waterways.

Several council members pushed through this proposal last week as an amendment to a bill by County Executive John R. Leopold, whose plan called for levying fees mainly on future development.

It would charge property owners based on the creation of most new impervious surfaces, such as patios, homes and parking lots. Leopold estimates his SMART Fund proposal would raise more than $5 million a year, while backers of the amended plan say theirs would bring in $10 million annually.

YOUR VIEW:

Which of the two proposals do you prefer? Should the county be charging property owners to raise money to restore the county's eroded or polluted creeks and rivers?

Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout@baltsun.com by tomorrow. Please keep your responses short, and include your name, address and phone number. A selection will be printed Sunday.

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