Note that the federal government does not require storm water fees. Federal courts have ruled rain water is not a pollutant (duh!) The EPA did not appeal those rulings. This phony threat by the EPA is a main excuse by local politicians for demanding the rain tax in issue 1B. It is another lie.
Adams County's treasurer and one of its commissioners are asking for an investigation into the county's stormwater program, which started last year, after finding that it again may be riddled with errors.
It's not secession like Colorado but three Maryland counties are staging their own Fort Sumter. The Carroll County Council has received a notice from the State that the County did not appear to be meeting its obligations under the 2012 Stormwater Management – Watershed Protection and Restoration Program Act. Penalties of $10,000 per day were threatened. Frederick and Harford Counties have received similar letters.
One of our blessings in Maryland is that the legislature is only in session for three months. It limits the amount of damage our legislators can do. One of the late efforts of our representatives (more precisely, the representatives of an ever expanding government) managed, is what is being called derisively a “rain tax.”
County officials also say that while residents will get their individual storm water treatment bill on their tax assessment, it’s not a tax. Gary Mikes, a local business owner, disagrees. Not only is the fee actually a tax, Mikes says it is a violation of the Colorado state constitution, which includes a “taxpayer bill of rights.” Known as TABOR, the constitutional provision requires that overall tax revenue be pegged to the state’s population changes and inflation, unless a tax increase is approved by voters.