Harford County Executive Glassman Proposes Hotel Tax, Repeal of Stormwater Management Fee

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman has proposed legislation to impose a 6% hotel tax in the county and to repeal the county’s stormwater management fee. The legislation was introduced by the County Council during its meeting last week.

As reported by the Baltimore Sun,

The hotel tax would levy 6 percent of the rent paid, for stays of up to 30 consecutive days, in an inn, motel, cottage, hostel, rooming house, guest house, bed-and-breakfast or tourist home.

Glassman plans to spend all the revenue on promoting economic development through a competitive grant process “with built-in accountability,” he said in a press release Wednesday.

Half of the revenue collected from the tax will be paid to the mayor and city council of a municipality, if it is collected within a municipality. The rest of the revenue would go toward county tourism activities.

The other piece of legislation would repeal the county’s 2013 stormwater management fee.

Glassman said in a Wednesday press release that he looks forward to the fee’s reconsideration.

“While the rain will no longer be taxed in Harford County, I look forward to working with Gov.-elect Hogan and the Maryland General Assembly to find common sense solutions that help protect the Chesapeake Bay,” Glassman said in the release.