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Maryland Rain Tax
MSN ^ | April 11, 2013

Posted on 04/12/2013 6:31:25 PM PDT by NorseWood

A "storm management fee" will be imposed on Maryland residents by Gov. Martin O'Malley — meaning that Maryland is essentially going to tax the rain that falls on people’s property. The bill apparently stems from an order from the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up the Chesapeake Bay estuary. The rationale is that since "roofs, driveways and carparks create more potential for drainage problems and water contamination," a fundraising fee will be assessed based on the size of the building and surrounding paved surfaces.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: marylandtaxes; omalley; omalleyobamaminime; omalleyroadtowh; raintax; taxes
Will they refund the taxes in drought years and increase them in years of excessive rain? My dog likes to play in the rain. Will I be taxed for him too since his back is obviously impervious to water and therefore would block the water from reaching the ground. Perhaps I should cut down my trees too.
1 posted on 04/12/2013 6:31:25 PM PDT by NorseWood
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To: NorseWood

Government versus the people.

Again.


2 posted on 04/12/2013 6:33:02 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: NorseWood

Not really anything new.

In Jackson Michigan near me the EPA convinced the city to impose taxes on parking lots. The city asked what they were supposed to do with the money and the EPA told them to keep it.

Do it yourself bribery.


3 posted on 04/12/2013 6:40:26 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: NorseWood

Should we pray it never rains in Maryland?

What happens if someone hoses down their driveway, or washes their car or waters their plants or lawn? Does that water get taxed also?

What if it rains in one section of MD and not another, who will keep track of that? How does one prove on tax day it didn’t rain or did?


4 posted on 04/12/2013 6:46:37 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: NorseWood

The Marylanders deserve everything they get for electing this retard. This clown is #1 on my Most Obnoxious Public Servant list.


5 posted on 04/12/2013 6:48:05 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dude! Where's my Bill of Rights?)
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

A drought would suit me.

We’ve become a friggin’ rain forest out here in The Wastelands.

It starts raining in February and doesn’t let up until June.

I hate rain.


6 posted on 04/12/2013 6:49:22 PM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away.....)
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

They tax “impervious” surfaces whether it rains one drop or not.


7 posted on 04/12/2013 6:50:03 PM PDT by palmer (Obama = Carter + affirmative action)
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To: NorseWood
This is no BS. The Regional Sewer department in Cleveland dreamed up this abusive tax and base the charge on the nonporous areas of your property concrete drives, roofs, and patios, etc.. They then charge you accordingly in order to pay for the new sewers systems to comply with the Federal EPA regulations that are crippling older infrastructure cities.

They don't like the idea that a couple times a year the storm sewers over burden the system and a small amount of raw sewage gets into the lake. When this happened in the past they posted no swimming signs for the couple days a year when it happened. After all, what do you think the fish do in that water!

8 posted on 04/12/2013 7:15:21 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Salamander
I hate rain.

LOL You got a funny name for a rain hater. Gonna find you all dried up like a twig under a rock.
9 posted on 04/12/2013 7:16:21 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Welcome to the Totalitarian State of Maryland!

Gov. Martin OWE Malley


10 posted on 04/12/2013 7:37:27 PM PDT by mason-dixon (As Mason said to Dixon, you have to draw the line somewhere.)
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To: NorseWood
what's next the AIR they breath???

Let me tell you how it will be
There's one for you, nineteen for me
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman

Should five per cent appear too small
Be thankful I don't take it all
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah I'm the taxman

If you drive a car, I'll tax the street,
If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat.
If you get too cold I'll tax the heat,
If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet.

Don't ask me what I want it for
If you don't want to pay some more
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman

Now my advice for those who die
Declare the pennies on your eyes
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman
And you're working for no one but me.

11 posted on 04/12/2013 7:46:34 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

How about one of those fancy Maryland horse farms—high dollar stadium jumping horses or ‘3 day’ eventers?

Will only the roof area be taxed? Those farms can run to 200 acres all over.....

Will they pay more than the owner of a small strip mall???

How about no longer paving parking lots??? Let the rain settle into the gravel/dirt!!!

Bad enough that Oregon fined a guy for putting a holding barrel under his downspout & using the water for his garden!!!!

And we are getting pretty restless out here in fly-over country.

No wonder people are loading up on guns & ammo!!!

They are pushing us to a shooting war!


12 posted on 04/12/2013 8:22:52 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: ridesthemiles

http://www.perviouspavement.org/

Pourous concrete


13 posted on 04/12/2013 8:36:19 PM PDT by digger48
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To: digger48
Further proof that maryland is THE Freak state. Bwahahahahaha.
14 posted on 04/12/2013 9:08:08 PM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: NorseWood

I was just thinking taxes are too low. :)


15 posted on 04/12/2013 10:35:43 PM PDT by Tzimisce (The American Revolution began when the British attempted to disarm the Colonists.)
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To: cripplecreek

Salamanders are fire elementals.

:)


16 posted on 04/12/2013 10:36:14 PM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away.....)
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To: NorseWood

Damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Maryland taxes you because you have too much runoff going to the storm drains.

Another state taxes you if you collect the rainwater and use it to soak into your garden, hence keeping it out of the storm system.

Soon they will tax the air you breathe - oh wait maybe it’s the air you exhale????? Maybe it’s both. Your betters in government have determined that anything and everything that can be taxed will be taxed and contradictions in policy are to be ignored - just render unto the feds everything-that’s the ticket.

This world has become so bizarre, I don’t even know if I am still on earth.


17 posted on 04/13/2013 12:16:12 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: NorseWood

They need to stop using water-impervious sewers to take overflow away and just let it drain naturally...Next thing you know, the politicians will start taxing the sewers they maintain and then charge it off to the citizens. Never ending supply of new taxes if they start doing business like that.


18 posted on 04/13/2013 4:17:00 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: NorseWood; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Well, now, that’ll teach my mother to pave the driveway before she sold me the house!

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


19 posted on 04/13/2013 1:01:19 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Drag Me From Hell!)
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To: NorseWood

We pay this tax in my town. You can avoid paying it by capturing all of your rain water runoff. Of course, that generally costs a hell of a lot too.


20 posted on 04/13/2013 1:04:07 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; NorseWood; All

I GOT IT! Effective way to avoid the “Rain Tax”: CHIA PETS! Based on my sidewalk (about 275’), back patio, front porch and that luxury of having a roof, I figure I need approximately 2400’ square feet of chia seeds to plant in the late June. They germinate in just a few days and will be full in about a week if my Chia Shrek was any indicator. The satellites will never catch on.


21 posted on 04/13/2013 1:06:58 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: Straight Vermonter

One more thing. When they were ramming this tax through someone pointed out that the city had a lot of impervious surfaces (roads!) The city decided the law didn’t apply to them. I know you are shocked.


22 posted on 04/13/2013 1:07:55 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
You are absolutely right. Martin O'Moron aided and abeted by Mike Busch (D-Idiot) and Mike Miller (D-Poltroon) are destroying the state.

By the way, Maryland is a party to "The Chesapeake Bay Compact", "The Susquehannah River" Compact" "The Potomac River Compact", all of which are dedicated to the enviromental health of the Bay and tributaries, and all of which are honored in the breach. So in sum this tax is just more theft from the people of Maryland.

23 posted on 04/13/2013 4:42:43 PM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: 1_Rain_Drop
Should we pray it never rains in Maryland?

Where's Elijah when we need him.
24 posted on 04/13/2013 5:01:01 PM PDT by ForAmerica (Texas Conservative Christian Black Man!)
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To: NorseWood

I hate these goddamn enviroMental NAZIs.

And what good is a tax, as opposed to real action? Libs love getting money, bottom line.


25 posted on 04/13/2013 7:57:05 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel
Libs love getting money, bottom line.

More accurately, they love taking money.

Coercion is how they get their kicks.

26 posted on 04/13/2013 8:38:47 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Lord help the politicians if they ever pass a bullsh— tax.


27 posted on 04/14/2013 11:15:25 AM PDT by Sensei Ern (FUBO(I escaped Maryland a couple months ago. That place is a prison.))
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To: NorseWood

Not Maryland but Tax-U-land... It can form a union with Tax-a-chusetts further up the coast...


28 posted on 05/07/2013 1:57:58 PM PDT by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- which have been proven over time.)
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