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Bay Restoration Fee

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the Bay Restoration Fee?

A. In 2004 the State of Maryland established a Bay Restoration Fund. The law charges a monthly fee on residential wastewater system users, commercial users, and onsite sewage disposal system owners. This annual fee has been separately identified on your property tax bill and the funds will be remitted to the State. The monies will be used by the State to upgrade 66 sewage treatment plants in Maryland and reduce water pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. For additional information regarding the Bay Restoration Fund visit the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) website at, or call MDE at 410-537-3567.


Revised April 22, 2016        

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