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Anne Arundel Executive Vetoes Stormwater Fee

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman has vetoed a stormwater remediation fee, asking the county council to consider phasing-in fees for some property owners.

Neuman vetoed the bill Thursday, giving the council two months to develop a new plan or override the veto. The council narrowly passed the bill last week.

The Maryland General Assembly passed a bill last year directing 10 jurisdictions, including Anne Arundel County, to establish the fee by July 1 or face fines. Stormwater is a main source of water pollution and the money will pay for efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The state denied Neuman’s request for a delay.

Neuman says she wants the council to revisit the fees for businesses, and look at phasing in the fees for residential properties.

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

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