Why are some counties exempt from the 'rain tax'?

Does it not rain in every part of the state of Maryland? Of course, it does ("Craig signs scaled down Harford 'rain tax' bill into law," May 3). That fact makes me wonder why only the 10 most populous jurisdictions are required to pay the so-called "rain tax." The runoff in the western-most counties eventually flows into the Potomac River, which then empties into the Chesapeake Bay. The counties on the Eastern Shore are currently exempt from this tax, even though they all have rivers and streams that empty into the bay.

If the state must have the "rain tax," I strongly feel that the burden should be shared by every jurisdiction in the state and not just the counties where most of the people live.

Lillian L. Alston, Belcamp

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