Why is a stormwater management bill being called a ‘rain tax’?

RAVEN SANTANA / NJTV NEWS – A bill aimed at managing New Jersey’s stormwater runoff and the pollution that comes with it is being dubbed a “rain tax” by some.

“This is a new tax, no matter how you cut it, and the folks of New Jersey who just cannot afford it anymore,” said Assemblyman Hal Wirths.

But supporters of the Clean Water and Flood Reduction Act, as it’s officially known, say the bill’s nickname is misleading.

“You know, it’s unfortunate that people are mischaracterizing this as a rain tax, as a higher tax. In fact, it’s not a tax at all,” said Chris Sturm, managing director of policy and water at New Jersey Future …

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