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Carroll County to pick up stormwater fee

Friday - 6/28/2013, 9:00am  ET

WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) -- Carroll County will use county funding to contribute to a state-mandated stormwater remediation effort instead of implementing a fee for individual residents and businesses.

The county board of commissioners decided Thursday to transfer money set aside for stormwater projects to a new "Watershed Protection and Restoration Fund." The county has budgeted $20 million for such projects over the next six years.

A General Assembly bill passed last year directs 10 jurisdictions, including Carroll County, to establish a watershed program with a remediation fee for impervious surfaces by July 1. The money collected would be used for Chesapeake Bay clean up. The Carroll County Times reports (http://bit.ly/10p8cLg ) that Carroll is the only jurisdiction that has chosen not to implement a fee.

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Information from: Carroll County Times of Westminster, Md., http://www.carrollcounty.com/


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