May 31, 2013
Unhappy over a state law requiring property owners to pay a new fee to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay, Frederick County officials have decided to set the charge at just a penny a year. The county's board of commissioners approved the 1-cent storm-water pollution control fee on Thursday, declaring they were doing even that only to avoid possible state restrictions on new development in the county if they didn't act. "We are being forced to charge this fee, so we decided to keep it at one cent just to meet the letter of the law," Blaine Young, president of the county commissioners, said in a press release announcing the action.
April 20, 2013
Isn't the storm water tax just another "protect the bay" fee ("The 'rain tax' sham," April 17)? Otherwise, what is the "flush tax" for and where does all this money go? Your editorial suggests that "for most, the fee is modest. In Baltimore County, for instance, the owner of a single-family home will pay $39 annually. " I am being "modest fee'd" to death. Where are we now, 37 additional taxes, fees or rate increases in the last few years? I guess we need to establish another bloated government agency with twice as many employees as needed, being paid too much to do as little as possible.
April 7, 2013
Amid complaints over what critics dismiss as a "rain tax," some powerful lawmakers in Annapolis are mounting a last-minute attempt Monday to delay state-mandated storm-water fees that Baltimore city and Maryland's nine largest counties are about to assess their property owners for cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. State Sen. Joan Carter Conway , chair of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, said Sunday she plans to propose...
April 4, 2013
In Councilman David Marks' recent newsletter, he presented "facts" regarding Baltimore County's proposal to levy a storm water fee on properties throughout the county. However, he failed to provide any context. The federal government is requiring the states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to dramatically reduce the pollution that goes into the bay. Maryland is one of these. We are being required to reduce the nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment that is killing this beautiful estuary.
April 4, 2013
I am responding to Del. Stephen Lafferty's most recent letter to the Towson Times, in which he complained that I failed to provide "context" regarding the storm water fee that Gov. O'Malley has required Baltimore County to pass. Since 2010, I have worked hard to increase open space and improve the environment in Greater Towson. During the 2012 rezoning process, the County Council acted on my recommendation to reduce the intensity of residential zoning in neighborhoods throughout Towson.
March 26, 2013
Now that it's clear Harford County is obliged to levy a storm water management fee on just about every home in the county, the time for political diatribes about the state being over-reaching is over. Harford County should make the best of the situation by establishing an efficient and effective storm water management operation with the dual goals of bringing storm water management facilities up to a high standard and putting itself out of business. First, a little background is in order.