Taxing rainwater...really? I mean, I can understand the pollution problems of the Chesapeake, and I can understand the need to raise money to clean up the Chesapeake, but it doesn't really seem logical to tax the stormwater runoff. Even worse, the amount of tax is going to be determined using "satellite imagery and geographic information systems" to determine the size of roofs and driveways (so they can figure out how big of a surface area is collecting rainwater than then runs off into storm drains).
Homeowners in Montgomery, Prince George's, Howard, Anne Arundel, Carroll, Hartford, Charles, Frederick, Baltimore counties and Baltimore city can expect to pay around $100 a year for this new "rain tax". I'm sure apartment landlords will figure out a way to pass the cost along to renters as well.
The tax starts July 1st. Let's hope for lots of rain, since we're going to have to pay for it regardless.