Sounds like a joke, right? It’s not.
This is the Capitol where our congress people work (?), the place where the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has conjured up a proposal that will force us to pay a tax on rainwater runoff. This is the official wording:
…requirements, including design or performance standards, for stormwater discharges from, at minimum, newly developed and redeveloped sites. EPA intends to propose regulatory options that would revise the NPDES regulations and establish a comprehensive program to address stormwater discharges from newly developed and redeveloped sites and to take final action no later than November 2012.
This is just policy-speak to force us to limit rainwater runoff according to their (impossible) standards.
When David and I built our home in Central Florida it was mandatory to dig a culvert across the entire front of the property; we also had to put cement headers on each side of our driveway. The “pad” at the end of the driveway had to be thicker, which cost more. All of this had to pass inspection by the city. Guess who had to pay for all of this … aaand who has to maintain it? We are doing our part to contain rain runoff. Now the EPA is trying to put a “tax on the rain.”
We have storm water systems, which is paid by general revenue (our taxes). Yet, our local government knows this new tax is coming from Washington and needs more moola … which means higher utility bills for us.
Raindrops are fallin’ on my head…
May Your Glass Always Be Half Full
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