No, NJ residents won’t pay a ‘rain tax.’ But there may be fees to solve runoff problems

SCOTT FALLON / NORTHJERSEY.COM – Scores of New Jersey communities are prone to chronic flooding.

The state’s rivers, bays and lakes and even some of its most serene brooks are routinely hammered by runoff pollution.

That much is agreed upon by most Democratic and Republican lawmakers.

How to solve pollution caused by runoff is another matter.

Democratic lawmakers and environmental groups have hailed a bill passed last week that would allow towns, counties and local authorities to charge property owners a fee based on how much they contribute to runoff to pay for upgrades to stormwater systems.

Republicans and business groups blasted the measure, saying it provides another way for governments to collect revenues from an already overtaxed private sector …

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