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06/06/2013

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I have no problem with the stormwater fees, IF those funds are earmarked to be exclusively used for stormwater and clean water infrastructure projects. Sometime state governments will impose a new tax, and then use it for other purposes not originally intended.

Great point, Bruce. It would be a tragedy if this stormwater pollution control money were hijacked for unintended purposes. Dedicated funds should be truly dedicated to the purposes taxpayers are told they are being collected for.

Unfortunately the O'Malley administration has given me zero confidence in their ability to manage funds as they are intended. I fully support the "Penny Protest".

All of the dollars raised through these programs stay with the local governments in dedicated funds. They do not go to the state.

A penny just gets the foot in the door. It will quickly skyrocket just like any other tax. Why should the citizens have to pay for the sins of developers and the government agencies that approved their plans? What about those who have no stormwater leaving their property? Why should we be taxed? I just read today that the Farm Bill is 80% Food Stamps. Go figure, more socialism.

Well, Paul, if we citizens use roofs and driveways, and roads to drive to work, then we all contribute to stormwater runoff. So we should all contribute our fair share to solving the problem.

Erik raises a good point: These funds will be managed by the counties and Baltimore City, not by the state government. So if you don't like how your county or city deals with this issue, you can raise your concerns at council meetings and (ultimately) by using the ballot box.

Since I live in Frederick County, I applaud the 1 cent protest over a tax(!) that hits the people with minimal runoff with a higher rate. I have 6.5 acres and my driveway is about 200 feet. Neighbors in a adjoining community have .25 acre lots and driveways of 50 feet. Dwelling square footage is comparable but I pay 4X more than each of them though their combined area consists of more impervious surface on less land?? Plus they require more roads and sidewalks. It's an idiotic fee/tax/waste on rural homeowners and this county did the right thing.

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