From the arford County Office of Economic Development:
The Harford County Council passed legislation this week that imposes a fee to implement the Storm Water Management program. This program is in response to the EPA and Maryland State Government mandates that will require local jurisdictions to meet Chesapeake Bay water quality goals. This bill will establish a task force that will make recommendations to the County Council for the full implementation of the Storm Water Management Program. To meet the criteria from both the EPA and the State, the Council established a fee structure, however, that fee was set at only 10% of the cost. Commercial properties will be assessed this fee based on the amount of the impervious surface on the property. The fee for commercial properties is $7 per 500 square feet of impervious surface; however, this year the property owner will only be assessed 10% of that value.
The Office of Economic Development will be holding information sessions on this program over the next several months. You are encouraged to attend these sessions to learn more about the program, how to qualify for a 100% credit from this fee, progression of the Task Force and how to stay up to date on this issue.