Do tax-exempt properties have to pay?
Yes. The Clean Water Act Fee is an impact fee, not a property tax, since it is based on a properties’ relative contribution to stormwater runoff which requires costly remediation. Property taxes are based on the assessed value of the property. The Clean Water Act fee is paid by all residential property owners and associated non-residential property owners that have impervious surface regardless of ownership or tax status. The Clean Water Act fee is assessed based on the impervious cover of a property, which contributes to the amount of stormwater runoff from that the property. All impervious surfaces contribute to pollution and flooding problems and, therefore, all property owners are subject to the fee. Please call 301-883-5810 for more information.

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1. What is the Clean Water Program?
2. Are any properties excluded from the Clean Water Act Fee?
3. What if I have multiple tax accounts and want to combine them into one account?
4. How does this relate to the County Stormwater Management Ad Valorem Fund?
5. I don't have any stormwater problems. Why do I pay the fee?
6. Why am I being charged for stormwater when I already pay for water and sewer service?
7. Do I have to pay the Clean Water Act Fee if I have my own well and septic system?
8. What is stormwater runoff pollution?
9. Hasn’t the county always had storm drains?
10. When does the fee go into effect?
11. Can the fee be modified or reduced?
12. Do tax-exempt properties have to pay?
13. Are the fees fair and equitable?
14. Will there be a program for financial hardship?
15. Is the Clean Water Act Fee tax deductible?
16. How will the Clean Water Act Fee be collected?
17. What happens if I do not pay my Clean Water Act Fee?
18. Do I have to pay for any unimproved (with no impervious area) properties that I own?
19. Do I have to pay for any unoccupied developed properties that I own?
20. Do agricultural properties pay the fee?
21. Don’t I already pay for a stormwater program?