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Spirited Debate Over “Flush Tax” At Winter Conference

January 11th, 2012 by WCBC Radio

Not surprisingly one of the more spirited debates occurring during last weeks annual Winter Conference of the Maryland Association of Counties centered on the controversial “flush tax”.  The bulk of the final report  presented– nine of its 16 pages — is devoted to task force recommendations, some of which are now being proposed as law through several bills to be considered during the Maryland General Assembly session which begins today. Among the proposals is an increased payment of $90 per septic-served household by fiscal year 2015 to the Bay Restoration Fund. Never popular in rural Maryland, the "flush tax" payment is currently at $30 per household but could increase to $60 by fiscal 2013. Governor Martin O’Malley, who finds himself more and more being viewed as not being rural Maryland friendly, has said he could support a hike in the fee…

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