ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Marylanders can likely expect a hike in their annual sewer bills.

The state legislature finished work Monday on a proposal from Gov. Martin O’Malley to double the $30 fee.

Members of the House of Delegates voted 89-48 to accept Senate amendments, including a provision that exempts residents who live in places where waste water is not discharged into the Chesapeake Bay.

The so-called “flush tax” is used to fund a bay restoration account.

House Environmental Matters Committee chairwoman Maggie McIntosh said the exemption, which would affect people in western Maryland and on the Eastern Shore, is expected to reduce revenues by $1.6 million.

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Comments (3)
  1. cms827 says:

    I wish these politicians had a clue of what they are really doing to the middle class. I can barely afford my water bill now in Anne Arundel County. OweMalley does not have to pay for gas, utilities etc so he has really lost touch with the people. Most people have not had a raise in years and they keep digging in our pockets for more and more. I really want to move to another state, I am really staring to hate this one………

    1. Jim says:

      You hit the nail on the head. All that they know how to do is tax, tax, tax, and it will never be enough. They’ll come back for more next year, or maybe during a “special session”. Leaving the state seems to be the only option because so many in Maryland depend on government jobs or handouts to survive.

  2. 1-0-3-0 WITHERSPOON says:

    cbs put who voted for this bill and against this bill. informed voters make a better state

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