The “Rain Tax,” also known as the Watershed Protection and Restoration Fee, has been an issue of great concern to many Anne Arundel County taxpayers since it’s finalization in the summer of 2013. The state-mandated fees, charged to property owners in varying increments averaging around $85, are intended to be used for projects that reduce storm water pollution and restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay. However, the fee has been criticized by taxpayers due to the added financial burden it places upon county home and business owners.
As the June 24 Republican primary draws near, the Rain Tax is a subject frequently discussed by County Executive candidates Laura Neuman and Steve Schuh. Both Delegate Schuh and County Executive Neuman recently provided Anne Arundel County Breaking News and Events with their thoughts on the controversial tax and their proposed plans for lessening the blow to Anne Arundel County taxpayers.