'Stormwater fee' is just a tax by another name

Howard County Executive and lieutenant governor candidate Ken Ulman is proposing a new way to asses the so-called "rain tax ("Howard to revisit stormwater fees," June 22).

Instead of basing it on the hard, impermeable surfaces of properties that contribute to runoff, he wants to tax owners of single-family homes a flat rate depending on the size of their lot regardless of how much runoff or absorption the property is responsible for.

Not only was the "rain tax" another future O'Malley legacy to bad government, our outgoing county executive wants to turn it into what appears to be just an increase in the property tax in order to lessen objections to another stupid burden on the taxpayer.

Craig Garfield, Ellicott City