Harford County Executive David R. Craig, a leading Republican candidate for governor of Maryland, said Thursday that he would seek a repeal of his jurisdiction’s storm-water reduction fee — a move that would flout state law.
Craig, who faces a competitive GOP primary next year, said that in the spring his county had adopted its version of the “rain tax” in good faith to comply with a state mandate and avert the threat of costly penalties for failing to do so.
A 2012 law signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) requires metropolitan counties to adopt fees on businesses and residences to pay for improvements to control storm-water runoff and reduce flooding. The measure is aimed at reducing runoff from so-called impervious surfaces, such as parking lots, that contribute to nutrient pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.
The legislation was passed following directives by the Environmental Protection Agency that the state do more about storm-water pollution.