Today the Anne Arundel County Council voted to override County Executive Neuman’s veto, keeping the legislation alive for potential further refinement before implementation. Council procedures would have required a completely new process had the original proposal been defeated.
Council members are now expected to tweak the stormwater fees in the coming weeks.
Neuman’s veto last week put Anne Arundel as the first county to take an official action against the state-mandated stormwater fees, derided by conservatives as a “rain tax.”
In her veto, Neuman asked the council to consider a new fee structure and to phase-in the fees. She also pledged to have her staff do more public education about the fees because she felt too few people knew about them.