Anne Arundel To Consider Stormwater Fee Phase-Out

Both County Executive Steve Schuh and Council President Jerry Walker have pledged to pursue legislation before the Anne Arundel County Council to eliminate the county’s stormwater fee. From coverage in the Capital, quoting a statement from Schuh: The proposed legislation will responsibly phase out the stormwater fee through a 33% reduction in fiscal year 2017, […]

Senate President Weighs In On Stormwater Fees With Broad Bill

Maryland Senate President Miller introduced his own bill (with a majority of the Senate signed on as co-sponsors) on February 25, 2015 that would repeal the stormwater fee mandate for Maryland’s nine largest counties and Baltimore City. According to the Capital Gazette, Senate Bill 863: Watershed Protection and Restoration Programs – Revisions, would …would require […]

CBF Urges Counties to Maintain Their Stormwater Fees

A February 17 letter to The Dagger from Chesapeake Bay Foundation Maryland Executive Director Alison Prost recounted the purpose of the 2012 stormwater remediation fee legislation (also known as the “Rain Tax” by opponents) and urged people not to “demonize” the fee.  Prost also stressed that counties should not reduce or eliminate their fees.  From the letter: The so-called “rain […]

Harford County to Leverage Recordation Tax for Stormwater Projects

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman presented a resolution to the Council this week proposing a new strategy to meet federal stormwater requirements. As reported by the Baltimore Sun, Glassman plans to move part of the revenue from the county’s existing recordation tax toward stormwater-related capital projects, Director of Administration Billy Boniface explained. … Boniface noted […]

MACo on Stormwater Fees: Drop Mandate If County Has Alternative Means

MACo has taken a position on the proposed repeal of the 2012 legislation (HB 987) that required the 10 Maryland counties subject to a federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase I Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit to adopt a stormwater remediation fee (also called the “rain tax” by the fee’s opponents). MACo’s position is that that […]

Harford Executive Signs County Stormwater Fee Repeal

A January 27 Baltimore Sun article reported that Harford County Executive Barry Glassman has signed legislation repealing the County’s state-mandated stormwater remediation fee. Collections would end on June 30, the end of the current fiscal year.  The fee repeal legislation was unanimously passed by the Council on January 20.  From the article: Joining Glassman in his […]

Baltimore, Harford Counties Reconsider Stormwater Fee

As previously reported on Conduit Street, Baltimore County will consider legislation to reduce its State-mandated stormwater remediation fee (dubbed the “rain tax” by opponents).  A January 21 Baltimore Business Journal article reported that other counties may revisit or reconsider how the fee is applied or whether to designate alternative funding streams to meet their federal stormwater […]

Baltimore County Considers Stormwater Fee Reduction

A January 16 Baltimore Sun article reported that Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is proposing reducing the County’s State-mandated stormwater remediation fee by 1/3.  Kamenetz also proposed that the federal government roll back its 2025 deadline for meeting water pollution reduction requirements under the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).  From the article: While the one-third reduction […]