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Frederick Legislators Vote To Fight Stormwater Fee

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Frederick County lawmakers voted to support a bill releasing the county from charging property owners a stormwater runoff fee.

The Maryland General Assembly passed a bill last year directing Frederick County and nine other jurisdictions to establish the fee by July 1. The money will pay for efforts to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The Frederick News-Post reported that six lawmakers voted Friday in favor while two voted against the measure. Several of those supporting the bill said they know it won’t pass, but voted in favor on principle.

Republican Delegate Donald Elliott said he felt Pennsylvania isn’t pulling its weight in bay cleanup efforts. Delegate Galen Clagett said he voted against the bill, noting the size of the fee has been left to the counties.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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