The Maryland State Government enacted the Bay Restoration Fund in Senate Bill-320 during the spring of 2004. The purpose of the bill is to collect funds that will be used as grants and loans to upgrade the nutrient removal technology at certain wastewater treatment plants. All users of public utilities will be billed the fee beginning January 1, 2005.
The legislation requires the County to collect the fee ($7.50 per quarter for a single residential dwelling) as a separate line item on the utility bill. Prorating of the fee is not allowed; this insures the legislation will be applied correctly and everyone will be billed appropriately for calendar year 2005.
Effective October 1, 2005, the County will be billing the users of private septic systems a $30.00 annual Bay Restoration Fee. A portion of these funds will be used to upgrade failing septic systems and to pay for cover crops on farmland to reduce the amount of nitrogen flowing into the Bay.
For additional information regarding the Bay restoration program, please visit the MDE web site at: www.mde.state.md.us.