On Monday, the Baltimore County Council unanimously repealed the Storm Water Remediation Fee (Rain Tax). This action fulfills one of the campaign promises I made in 2014.
The Stormwater Remediation program is vital to our State. The future of the Chesapeake Bay, our rivers, streams, and drinking water depend on the success of this program. In future years, Baltimore County will fund this program with General Funds. The majority of the General Fund is derived from property and income taxes.
Upon the enactment of the repeal, Baltimore County is required to submit its alternate plan for funding the Stormwater Remediation Program to the State of Maryland.
I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
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Harford County is headed down a similar path after repealing its fee in January and choosing to pay for the projects with revenue from its real estate recordation tax instead.