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Counties reconsider stormwater fees

By Pamela Wood The Baltimore Sun contact the reporter

In Frederick County, property owners pay just a penny per year for stormwater fees. Carroll County residents pay nothing.

Harford County just repealed its stormwater fees and Baltimore County is poised to cut its fees by a third. And Howard County’s new county executive is mulling whether to seek a reduction.

For opponents of increased fees and taxes, these rollbacks represent a victory over what’s critics deride as a “rain tax” unfairly levied on urban and suburban residents and businesses. But it also raises the question whether the counties will have enough money to pay their share of cleaning up polluted stormwater that harms rivers and the Chesapeake Bay.

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