Bill No. 2-15
Concerning: Stormwater Management – Water Quality Protection Charge – Credit and Financial Hardship Exemption Deadlines
Revised: 1/16/2015 Draft No. _1__
Introduced: January 20, 2015
Enacted: March 31, 2015
Executive: April 8, 2015
Effective: July 8, 2015
Sunset Date: None
Ch. 14 , Laws of Mont. Co. 2015
For Montgomery County, Maryland
AN ACT to:
(1) change the due date for submittal of both credit and financial hardship exemption applications; and
(2) generally amend County law regarding the Water Quality Protection Charge.
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 19, Erosion, Sediment Control and Storm Water Management
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The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
Sec. 1. Section 19-35 is amended as follows:
19-35. Water Quality Protection Charge.
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(e) (1) A property owner may apply for, and the Director of Environmental Protection must grant, a credit equal to a percentage, set by regulation, of the Charge if:
(A) the property contains a stormwater management system that is not maintained by the County;
(B) the owner participates in a County-approved water quality management practice or initiative;
(C) the property treats off-site drainage from other properties located within the same drainage area; or
(D) the property does not contain a stormwater management system, but is located in the same drainage area as another that contains a stormwater management system and both properties have the same owner.
(2) To receive the credit, the property owner must apply to the Director of Environmental Protection in a form prescribed by the Director not later than [October 31] September 30 of the year [before] that payment of the Charge is due. Any credit granted under this subsection is valid for 3 years.
(3) The owner of an owner-occupied residential property, or any non-profit organization that can demonstrate substantial financial hardship may apply for an exemption from all or part of the Charge for that property, based on criteria set by regulation. The owner or organization may apply for the exemption to the Director of Finance not later than [April 1] September 30 of the year [when] that payment of the Charge is due.
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Sec. 2. Retroactivity
This Act applies retroactively to applications for credit or financial hardship exemption submitted on or before September 30, 2014 for Levy Year 2014.