A December 5 Capital Gazette article reports that two Anne Arundel County Senators, Ed DeGrange and Ed Reilly, would support removing a 2012 legislative requirement that 10 counties must adopt a stormwater utility fee, often referred to as a “rain tax” by the legislation’s opponents. However, the Senators noted that a full repeal was unlikely but predicted that legislation calling for a two-year delay or suspension of the fees would be considered. From the article:
“[The two-year delay proposal] will be back,” DeGrange said. “And I think we’re — at the very least — proposing that delay and that the locals come up with some reasonable plan.” …
While the state may vote to delay the mandate, Reilly said he didn’t think efforts to repeal the mandate entirely would be successful.
“I still don’t have a sense that it’s going to be killed,” Reilly said. “It’s an unfriendly tax, an unpopular tax, but I think it’s going to move forward.”
Trumbauer, who in October joined The Hatcher Group as director of state and environmental initiatives, said the state mandate helped build a bipartisan group supporting the fees in Anne Arundel County.
“If you back off from (the mandate), I think it sends the wrong signal,” Trumbauer said. “We have to be consistent.”