Kamenetz allocates “Rain Tax” funding
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 14:14

Money to help nonprofit organizations

by Ben Boehl

    The Maryland and Baltimore County governments have been criticized over the passage and implementation of the Stormwater Remediation Fee, better known as the “Rain Tax,” but County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is hoping public opposition may soften once people see where the money is going.
    Kamenetz recently announced that Baltimore County will use funds generated by the state-mandated fee to help eligible nonprofit organizations to remove impervious paving on their properties.

“With its 200 miles of waterfront, the people of Baltimore County have a unique appreciation of this precious natural resource,” Kamenetz said.
    “Working with its nonprofit organizations, the county will be able to use $3 million of the fees to fund projects on their property, moving a positive step forward to a cleaner bay.”
    According to the county website, eligible nonprofit organizations can apply for the impervious removal credit program until March 1. 
    The county said that as many projects as possible will be funded until depletion of the $3 million in available funds. 
    The county also encourages applicants selected this year to apply again in the future. For more information on the nonprofit credit program, visit the county’s Stormwater Remediation Fee website.
    Kamenetz also released an initial report summarizing how the county is allocating the funds raised by the stormwater mitigation fee, which will include $33 million in planned remediation stormwater runoff projects.
    “We have taken very seriously the obligation to utilize every dollar raised by this fee to projects that will help clean up the Chesapeake Bay,” Kamenetz said. “By issuing regular reports, our citizens can see exactly how these funds are being used.”
    In addition to the removal of impervious surface on nonprofit-owned land, other projects include tree planting and reforestation, storm drain retrofits, stream bed rebuilding, street sweeping and improvements to county and state owned properties.