Chesapeake Bay faces a serious pollution problem. The Environmental Protection Agency decreed in 2010 that Maryland had to stop so much stormwater runoff from draining into the Bay, a project that would cost $14.8 billion. To pay for that, authorities decided to tax “impervious surfaces” in the words of The Gazette, “anything that prevents rainwater from seeping into the earth (roofs, driveways, patios, sidewalks, etc.) thereby causing stormwater runoff.”
This solution is being called with the combined goodwill these two concepts evoke a rain tax.
Faced with the EPA’s orders, the state has required its 10 largest counties Montgomery, Prince George’s, Howard, Anne Arundel, Carroll, Harford, Charles, Frederick, Baltimore counties and Baltimore city to raise the revenue. Rain taxes are to take effect in these areas by July 1.
And just how are they going to calculate this tax?
“Satellite imagery and geographic information systems” will be used to measure the area of roofs and driveways.
Governmental structures, of course, are exempt.
(Via Fark: “Residents wonder what precipitated the decision.”)