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Miller: Let jurisdictions solve ‘rain tax’ payment problem

Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. introduced legislation Wednesday that would repeal the state’s “rain tax” mandate and allow its nine largest counties and Baltimore city to devise their own methods for funding stormwater programs.Sponsored by 30 senators, including Miller (D-Calvert, Prince George’s, Charles), Thomas “Mac” Middleton (D-Charles) and Steve Waugh (R-St. Mary’s, Calvert), the bill would remove the mandate that jurisdictions whose populations require a federal pollutant discharge permit charge their residents an annual stormwater fee, known derisively as the “rain tax,” and instead require proof that the costs of stormwater remediation will be met via a combination of revenues, bonds and operating funds.

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