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Montgomery lawsuit raises questions about Baltimore area stormwater fees

The so-called rain tax is being debated again — this time in court.

A Montgomery County circuit judge has declared the county’s stormwater management fee invalid, saying it violates a state law passed this year to reform the controversial environmental charge. Though the ruling only applies in Montgomery for now, it’s creating ripples of anxiety in Baltimore area communities that still levy such fees to pay for reducing the polluted runoff fouling local streams and the Chesapeake Bay.

“My concern is that we may be in a similar situation,” said Vincent J. Gardina, director of environmental protection and sustainability in Baltimore County.

Read full article here from The Baltimore Sun



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