The state’s new so-called “rain tax” is coming to many counties, making people liable for how much surface area of their property is impermeable, and thus won’t absorb rain. In Baltimore County, officials computed how much a business owes by using aerial surveillance photos. And then, the essence of the story, got it wrong. Their actual approach – make a good guess then require the individual or business to correct it through an appeals process.
Even so, the contract to help generate these invoices was surely a bonanza for some tech company.