Well, Charles County residents have once again found themselves responsible for higher taxes. This time it’s in the form of a Rain Tax. Do you remember the old Beatles son, Taxman?
“If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street,
If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat.
If you get too cold I’ll tax the heat,
If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.”
Governor Martin O’Malley has worked diligently during his tenure to ensure they tax residents as much as humanly possible. While they haven’t figuerd out how to tax your feet (yet), Maryland HAS figured out how to tax the rain.
Here’s how the rain tax works:
The State of Maryland will use satellite imagery to determine the amount of “impervious surface” on a given property. This includes the owners residence, driveway, sheds, garage, patio, etc. Each county will be responsible for determining precisely how much the resident will be taxed, but current estimates range from $78-$144 per year. Businesses will also be forced to pay, at a rate of $72 per 1,050s.f. of impervious surface. The logic behind the rain tax is that we as residents need to bear the cost of storm water runoff and Chesapeake Bay cleanup fees. The problem is that the rain tax squarely places the blame and burden for these costs with homeowners in the 10 largest Maryland counties, and not all residents.\
The Rain Tax Makes Home Ownership More Expensive
Don’t forget that additional fuel taxes were passed this year by Governor O’Malley, who apparently thinks that Maryland residents are so loaded with cash that they can’t wait for more innovative ways for the state to separate them from their wallets. God forbid you actually buy a newly built home in Charles County, lest you wish to pay the county excise tax of more than $12,000!
Let’s face it: Living in Maryland isn’t cheap, but somehow it’s still cheaper for me to live in MD than it is in Northern Virginia, and therein lies the rub. If the state knows they’re still the cheaper alternative, your taxation will continue to grow. Are you fed up yet? You should be. Perhaps it’s time to reach out and let your local commissioners know how disgusted you are with the cost of being a homeowner in Maryland?