Counties Pass Local Stormwater Fees

As reported in the Baltimore Sun, Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County recently established stormwater management fees.

Under Baltimore County’s legislation, owners of single-family homes will pay $39 annually, town house owners $21 and condo owners $32. Business property owners will pay based on a formula that sets a fee for every square foot of impervious surface.

The Anne Arundel County Council set a rate of $85 for a single-family home, though town houses and condos would pay less.  As in Baltimore County, nonresidential properties in Anne Arundel would be charged based on the amount of impervious surface they have. Businesses whose fee would top $500 would see it phased in. . . Experts estimate Anne Arundel will have to raise nearly $1 billion by 2026 to build infrastructure to meet the environmental goals set by the state and federal governments.

In the 2012 session, the General Assembly passed the state law which required ten counties to establish stormwater management fees by July 1, 2013. This session, additional state legislation would have prevented local governments from charging non-profit and religious organizations any stormwater management fee, shifting the entire tax burden to residents and businesses.  That legislation failed in the final days of the General Assembly.

For more information, see the full story from the Sun, or our previous posts on Conduit Street regarding local and state stormwater fees:

2013 End of Session Wrap Up: Environment Legislation

Stormwater Legislation Takes Sharp Turn In Senate