Baltimore Sun: Chesapeake Bay cleanup fee increase proposed

A state task force called Tuesday for tripling the “flush fee” Maryland homeowners pay as a way to help finance an accelerated cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay.

The 28-member task force, appointed by Gov. Martin O’Malley to tackle sewage and growth issues, voted overwhelmingly to recommend that the $2.50 monthly bay restoration fee be doubled next year and increased to $7.50 a month by 2015. The fee is levied on water and sewer bills for utility customers, and on property tax bills for homeowners on septic systems.

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