It's part of a massive drive to reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.
One of the largest tax increases that will affect Fredericktonians made it through the Maryland House of Delegates last week.
The stormwater management fee made it by on a vote of 89 to 49. It's a piece of legislation that doesn't sit well with Frederick County Delegate Kelly Schultz. "We fought really hard, but I guess not hard enough. It hasn't made it through the Senate yet. There are 6 states within this region that the EPA has cast it's mandate down to, and Maryland is actually going to be the first to put it into motion," said Schultz.
The proposal is part of a massive drive to reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.
The bill could cost the taxpayers of Frederick County $2.35 billion through 2025.
In a letter to Chairwoman Joan Carter Conway of the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, Board of County Commissioners President Blaine Young wrote in a press release that the legislation's mandates exceed federal requirements. Frederick County Government has been extremely active in addressing issues related to stormwater management. "The state wants to give the county the authority to charge every single property owner these fees. This legislation scares us to death and we will do everything in our power to prevent this measure from becoming law," Young stated as he signed the letter.
The City of Frederick already charges a stormwater management fee that varies with property size; owners of a house on a quarter acre pay almost $47 annually, according to the city's website.