ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A coalition of Maryland environmental groups is calling for a four-fold increase in the so-called flush fee for sewage and septic system upgrades.

A state task force is considering recommending a doubling of the $30 fee in 2013, and increasing it to $90 for property owners in 2015.

The Clean Water, Healthy Families Coalition released its legislative agenda on Thursday, calling for an immediate increase to $10 a month, or $120 a year. Coalition members include the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Sierra Club, Environment Maryland and the Maryland League of Conservation Voters.

Gov. Martin O’Malley has said he is considering raising the fee.

The coalition says the region is more than halfway to meeting its water pollution reduction goals and the increase is needed to make local water safe.

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Comments (3)
  1. Daniel Wayne Shank Sr. says:

    If that money would truley go to ward the bay projects it would not bother me. But as we all know in the state where O’Money can put his dirty hands on that money no way am I going to support this. O’Money took the monies earmarked fo the bay and threw it to the generial found!

  2. Steve Wilson says:

    Just remember, this was a Honest Bob (GOP) Ehrlich con job to make taxpayers pay for the abuses of businesses. We all know that the chicken kings in GOP heaven on the Eastern Shore are responsible for major pollution and very little $$$ paid. If I have to pay $30, then I want those businesses to make up the other $60.

    1. Jeff Adams says:

      And ignoring Baltimore City’s failing sewers for decades while punishing the Eastern Shore proves the Goody Two Shoes Democrats are conning their voting base into believing they actually care for the Bay.

      Its always the fault of business and the GOP.

      You must never see sunlight with your head in your rear end!

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