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Stormwater Fees May Have Affected Maryland Governor Race

Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan (R) has said he wants to repeal a state law requiring stormwater fees in Baltimore and 10 of the state’s other most populous counties. The law, passed by outgoing Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), is intended to help fund programs managing stormwater, improving local watersheds, and restoring the Chesapeake Bay. Hogan, however, […]

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Ohio Supreme Court To Hear Stormwater Fee Case

The Ohio Supreme Court will hear a stormwater fee case raised by the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) on September 9. NEORSD implemented a fee in January 2013 to pay for its separate stormwater management program, a program that helps to reduce flooding of homes and streets, erosion of roads and stream banks, and […]

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EPA Orders 85 Pennsylvania Communities to Improve Stormwater Programs

On June 24, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it sent orders to 85 Pennsylvania municipalities requiring improvements to their stormwater programs. EPA issued the orders to augment Pennsylvania’s efforts to ensure effective stormwater management programs are in place to improve water quality in local streams and the Chesapeake Bay. The federal Clean […]

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Courts Strike Down Stormwater Fees

In mid-November, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that the St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) stormwater fee is actually a tax, which violates the state’s constitution because it was established without voter approval. The court opinion states, “A tax by any other name remains a tax. It cannot be transformed into a user fee by […]

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Village Cannot Apply Stormwater Fees on Tribal Lands, Court Rules

In a case decided on Oct. 18, a U.S. Appeals Court ruled that the Village of Hobart, Wisconsin, could not apply stormwater fees to tribal lands. Hobart established the fee in 2007 across all parcels to pay for the construction and operation of a stormwater management system. However, Oneida tribal lands encompassed 6.6% of the […]

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WEF Offers Three Ways To Learn About User-Fee-Funded Stormwater Programs

On Sept. 11, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) hosted a webcast on user-fee-funded stormwater utilities. The webcast is based on a new WEF publication also released in September — User-Fee-Funded Stormwater Programs. The webcast and the book cover best practices and creative approaches for developing stormwater fee programs and rate structures. The authors discuss changing […]

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Stormwater Fees Less Common on East Coast

July 1 was the deadline for Baltimore and Maryland’s nine most populous counties to impose watershed protection fees. However, places such as Anne Arundel County, where the fee has been dubbed a “rain tax,” still face steep public opposition to the fee. Maryland has been one of the first states to require a fee. However, […]

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Los Angeles Governing Body Halts Stormwater Fee Vote

Following a public hearing on Jan. 15 at which nearly 200 residents voiced concerns, Los Angeles County officials decided to rethink the county’s proposed stormwater parcel fee. The goal of the fee was to raise $290 million per year to improve stormwater management and comply with new state regulations. However, as a result of the […]

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Federal Court Rules That Stormwater Fees Do not Apply Retroactively

In 2003, DeKalb County, Ga., established a stormwater utility. Its fees are based on impervious area and help finance the county’s stormwater management system. In a recent court case, DeKalb County, Georgia v. USA, the county sought to recover unpaid fees from 18 federal facilities from 2005 to 2010. Federal facilities are exempt from paying […]

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Los Angeles County Faces Opposition to Stormwater Fee

Many cities face opposition when trying to levy a tax or impose fees to pay for stormwater infrastructure. Los Angeles is a similar case, where nearly 200 residents spoke out on the county’s proposed stormwater parcel fee at a Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors public hearing on Jan. 15. With the fee, the Los […]

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