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« on: April 12, 2013, 05:29:38 PM »

Setting a precedent?

Time for another Boston Tea Party?

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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2013, 06:54:53 PM »

No, time to realize you live in a democracy that allows you to raise your voice about such things, get your representatives involved, and vote against a bill you strongly disagree with; and not under a monarchy in which you have no voice.
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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2013, 07:01:46 PM »

Dallas laughs at your outrage, as I imagine most cities do as well:

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The stormwater fee was implemented in 1991 to provide a dedicated funding source for costs associated with maintaining the drainage system and compliance with related state and federal regulations.

And would you rather pay for stormwater only when it actually falls, or a regular monthly bill like we get?
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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2013, 07:02:08 PM »

Boston isn't even IN Maryland, silly.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2013, 09:08:07 PM »

Quote from: th'FOOL on April 12, 2013, 07:02:08 PM

Boston isn't even IN Maryland, silly.  Roll Eyes

no, but you know how bostonians like to party. 

and living here in the PacNW, charging for every month it rains is the same thing as a regular monthly bill.
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« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2013, 09:17:22 PM »

Quote from: Caine on April 12, 2013, 09:08:07 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on April 12, 2013, 07:02:08 PM

Boston isn't even IN Maryland, silly.  Roll Eyes

no, but you know how bostonians like to party. 

and living here in the PacNW, charging for every month it rains is the same thing as a regular monthly bill.

Oh, we are still paying for the court-ordered cleanup of Boston Harbor. Our sewage bills are among the highest in the nation thanks to Mike Dukakis. Instead of accepting the federal government's offer to pick up 90% of the tab, he fought the order. The federal funds were gone by the time he lost, so we got to pay the entire bill.

The people of MD will have to pay for it one way or another. The "rain tax" sounds like a dubious plan based on the minimal facts given in the OP's link, but I'm prepared to believe that it might be better than raising sewer rates. 
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« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2013, 04:54:44 AM »

The obvious solution is to run pipeline to California for use watering golf courses.
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