Maryland has passed a “rain tax.” A similar tax was recently defeated in Virginia.
The EPA passed new regulations which mandate a significant reduction in the amount of storm water that flows into the Chesapeake Bay. These regulations will cost $14.8 billion. Rather than challenge the regulations as they did in Virginia, Governor O’Malley of Maryland is going to tax residents based on the amount of rain that falls on their property.
The state government is going to use satellite imagery to determine the amount of “impervious surfaces” on each resident’s property. They claim that “roofs, driveways and carparks create more potential for drainage problems and water contamination.” If people have a driveway, they are going to pay!
Ten counties in Maryland will be affected.
What’s next? The sunlight tax for people who don’t have enough trees on their property?
It was only last February that Governor O’Malley said he was only going to raise taxes on the rich – who make $100,000. [IS]
Full story about the rain tax at webpronews
I wonder, still I wonder, who’ll stop the rain…the tower grows…