Maryland residents who earn more than $100,000 annually will pay more income taxes and many will pay higher fees to flush their toilets under new laws taking effect this weekend.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is scheduled to sign environmental bills from his own legislative package including measures to increase the state’s so-called flush tax and limit where new residential septic systems can be installed.
Marylanders can likely expect a hike in their annual sewer bills.
To save the bay, pay a fee. Maryland lawmakers are considering a bill that lets local governments collect a fee to improve drainage systems.
The Maryland House of Delegates gave initial approval to a budget package and a doubling of the state’s “flush tax” on Thursday night.
A Maryland House committee has approved doubling the state’s “flush tax” from $30 a year to $60 a year.
Gov. Martin O’Malley submitted his legislative agenda on Monday, trying again for challenging high-profile measures that failed last year, such as legalizing same-sex marriage and developing offshore wind.