Pols in Hot Water Over Rain Tax

Date: November 18, 2013

By Bryan Sears The Daily Record
Daily Record Business Writer

… “Most business owners are reasonably comfortable paying fees and taxes when they know it will actually make a difference,” said M. Trent Zivkovich, a Baltimore attorney at Whiteford Taylor Preston LLP. “That being said, there is a great deal of frustration about the implementation and application of the program in the counties in terms of the fees’ charges and the credits that are available in some counties but not in others.”

Zivkovich, who is handling a number of appeals and applications for credits in counties around the state, said jurisdictions even differ on how they classify gravel lots. In Baltimore County, they’re considered impervious surfaces. Baltimore city considers them pervious and not subject to a stormwater management fee as long as they are not visibly compacted, the attorney said.