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Watershed Protection and Restoration Fee Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between an Appeal and a Credit?

Appeals - The Stormwater Remediation Fee Appeal Program is intended for property owners who feel that they have been billed in error.  If you feel that your property has been assigned to an incorrect billing category or you feel there is an error in the calculation of your fee then you should file an Appeal using one the following forms: 

 

Completed forms should be mailed to:

 

WPRF Appeals

Anne Arundel County DPW

MS 7310

2662 Riva Road

Annapolis, MD 21401

 

The Anne Arundel County Office of Finance offers a program to reduce or waive the WPRF fee (and also the Bay Restoration Fund) for property owners who meet certain financial hardship provisions.  Information and application forms for this program are available through the Office of Finance.   

Completed forms should be mailed to:

 

Office of Finance

Utility Billing and Customer Service

P.O. Box 2700

MS 1103

Annapolis, MD 21404

Please review the frequently asked questions below to determine the appropriate Appeals form.

 

Credits - Credits for reducing stormwater fees are available for eligible property owners who can demonstrate that they have already installed and properly maintained certain stormwater controls.   The Stormwater Fee Credit Program and Policy Document for Anne Arundel County was approved by the Maryland Department of Environment as required by law. Details and instructions for filing Credit Applications will be made available at that time.

 

The deadline to apply for a Stormwater Fee Credit for Tax Year 2014 is April 30, 2014.  The deadline for future taxable years is October 1, 2014.

 

Stormwater Fee Credit Program Information

Stormwater Fee Credit Program and Policy Document

Stormwater Fee Credit Program Applications

Is there a deadline to file an appeal?
Yes.  The County Code stipulates the deadline to file an appeal is August 15.
Do I have to pay the fee if I file an appeal?
If you file an appeal, you are not required to pay the Stormwater Remediation Fee until your appeal is decided.  If your appeal is upheld, you will receive a new bill for the Stormwater Remediation Fee.  If your appeal is denied, you will be required to pay the originally billed fee.  
How long will it take to rule on my appeal?
The Director of Public Works is required to rule within 90 days of receipt of your appeal.  You will be notified of the results of your appeal in a letter from DPW.  If you appeal is upheld, a new bill in the revised amount will be issued by the County.
If my appeal is approved, do I have to file a new appeal each year?
No.  The appeal decision will be reflected on the following years’ bills.
My Property is a Farm
Farms, as defined in the legislation, are entitled to a reduced rate for their Stormwater Remediation Fee.  If you feel your property qualifies as a farm and you have not been charged the proper fee, use Form 13-2 “Incorrect Classification of Property” to file an appeal.  Requirements for providing information to support your claim are described on the appeal form.
My Property is owned by a Charitable Organization
The WPRF legislation establishes a reduced fee rate for properties owned by Charitable Organizations that are exempt from taxation under § 501 (c) (3) or (d) of the IRS code.  If your property meets these criteria and you have not been charged the proper fee, use Form 13-2 “Incorrect Classification of Property” to file an appeal.  Requirements for providing information to support your claim are described on the appeal form. 
My Property is owned by a Homeowners Association
Properties owned by Homeowners Associations, Council of Condominium Owners and similar organizations are charged a stormwater fee based on their impervious surfaces just like any other non-residential property.  However, the total amount charged to any one such organization is capped at an amount equal to $34 times the number of properties that are eligible for membership in the organization.  For example, the fee for community property owned by a small HOA with 20 homes could not exceed 20 x $34 = $680.  If you represent an HOA or other community organization and you feel that your stormwater bill exceeds the maximum amount based on your eligible membership, please use Form 13-3 “Homeowners Association Property”.   
My Property has an NPDES Permit
The WPRF legislation establishes a reduced fee rate for properties with stormwater controls on their property that are regulated under a current National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit with Stormwater requirements.  Typically properties covered under either “GENERAL PERMIT FOR DISCHARGES FROM STORMWATER ASSOCIATED WITH INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITIES - DISCHARGE PERMIT NO. 12-SW” or “GENERAL PERMIT FOR DISCHARGES FROM MARINAS INCLUDING BOAT YARDS AND YACHT BASINS - DISCHARGE PERMIT NO. 10-MA” would meet these criteria. If you fell that your property meets these criteria and you have not been charged the proper fee, use Form 13-2 “Incorrect Classification of Property” to file an appeal.  Requirements for providing information to support your claim are described on the appeal form
My Property is a Private Airfield
The WPRF legislation establishes a reduced fee rate for properties that are operated as private airfields or airports.  If your property meets these criteria and you have not been charged the proper fee, use Form 13-2 “Incorrect Classification of Property” to file an appeal.  Qualifying criteria to be considered an airport or airfield are described on the appeal form.  
My Property is owned by a Religious Organization.
The WPRF legislation establishes a reduced fee rate for properties owned by Religious Organizations.  In order to qualify, the organization must be certified under § 501 (c) (3) or (d) of the IRS code and be exempt from real property taxes under § 7-204 of the Tax Property Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland.  If you feel your property meets these criteria and you have not been charged the proper fee, use Form 13-2 “Incorrect Classification of Property” to file an appeal.  Requirements for providing information to support your claim are described on the appeal form.
My Property is undeveloped why did I receive a fee?
The stormwater fee applies to all properties that contain impervious surfaces, whether or not there are any structures on the property. The only exception to this rule is those properties that are specifically exempt from receiving a fee under the State law.  If a tax parcel contains no structures but is improved with a driveway or path or other impervious areas, it is appropriate that it is assessed a stormwater fee.  If you feel your property does not contain any impervious surfaces but was charged a stormwater fee, please use Form 13-5 “Exempt or Incorrect Property Owner”.  
My Property is a Private Road or Right of Way not owned by a Homeowners Association
The WPRF legislation establishes a fixed rate for properties that are private roads or Rights of Way.  In order to qualify for this rate, the primary use of the tax parcel must be for a road, driveway or right-of-way.  If your property meets these criteria and you have not been charged the proper fee, use Form 13-2 “Incorrect Classification of Property” to file an appeal.  Requirements for providing information to support your claim are described on the appeal form.  
My Property is used as a private school
The WPRF legislation establishes a reduced fee rate for properties owned by private academic schools. For the purposes of the WPRF, Private academic schools are defined as private institutions that offer an academic course of instruction and that are operated by a religious facility or under a certificate of approval by the State Department of Education. If you feel that your property meets these criteria and you have not been charged the proper fee, use Form 13-2 “Incorrect Classification of Property” to file an appeal.  Requirements for providing information to support your claim are described on the appeal form.     
Can I get a reduction in fee for stormwater controls I recently installed on my property?
DPW is in the process of establishing an additional program to provide Credits for reducing stormwater fees for properties who can demonstrate that they have already installed and properly maintained certain stormwater controls.   The Credit program is expected to be finalized in early August.  Details and instructions for filing Credit Applications will be made available at that time.
I have a Financial Hardship
The Anne Arundel County Office of Finance offers a program to reduce or waive the WPRF fee (and also the Bay Restoration Fund) for property owners who meet certain financial hardship provisions.  Information and application forms for this program are available through the Office of Finance at  http://www.aacounty.org/DPW/Stormwater/WPRF_FinHardship.pdf
What is the Phase-In?
For most properties, the WPRF Fee is being phased in over a three year period.  This year (the 1st year) properties subject to the Phase-In will only receive a bill for 60% of their actual calculated charge.  Next year, in year 2 of the program, these property owners will be billed 80% of their calculated charge and in year three they will receive a bill for the full 100% of fee.   For example, if the calculated fee for a property was $100/yr, they would receive a bill for only $60 in the 1st year, $80 in the second year and then the full $100 in the 3rd year.
Can I get a Property Tax Credit for installing Stormwater Management devices?
Yes, the Office of Planning and Zoning maintains a Property Tax Credit program for property owners who install certain Stormwater control devices.  Information about the program is available at http://www.aacounty.org/Finance/Resources/StormWaterMgmtTaxCredit.pdf


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