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2017 Legislative Priorities
The following three issues were adopted by the MML membership as 2017 legislative priorities:

Highway User Revenues 

Restore municipal highway user revenues (HURs), not only to meet current road maintenance needs, but more importantly, to provide a long-term, stable funding source for municipal transportation projects.

1.5 million Marylanders live in our 157 incorporated cities and towns. Municipalities provide essential, quality of life services such as water and sewer, police protection, trash removal, recycling, road maintenance, snow removal, parks and recreation, and streetlights.

Under Maryland’s Smart Growth laws, all municipalities are considered Priority Funding Areas (PFAs), which means they must have transportation infrastructure in place to support future growth in the State.

Municipal roads are among the oldest, and most heavily traveled roads in the State. These roads and bridges not only serve municipal residents, but are used by ALL residents of the State to access places of employment and important services and facilities in cities and towns.

Municipal HURs were first reduced by 96% in 2009 when the monies were used to backfill the State’s budget shortfall during the economic downturn. Since that time, municipalities have lost over $245 million with no plans for repayment.

Stormwater Management Fees 

It is imperative that where a municipality imposes a stormwater management fee to offset costs associated with implementing mandated “best management practices,” these fees be paid by ALL levels of government on ALL non-municipally owned properties and facilities located within municipal boundaries.

The Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) are currently pursuing the renewal of all Maryland Phase II municipal stormwater management permits.

To offset new stormwater mandates associated with permit renewals, it is likely that many municipalities will be forced to impose their own stormwater fee, which is why it is especially important, and only fair that ALL levels of government pay appropriate stormwater management fees to ALL jurisdictions imposing such a fee.

Coordination of State and Local Construction Projects 

Policies MUST be developed and implemented by all parties to ensure better coordination, communication, and collaboration between the Maryland State Highway Administration, governmental agencies, and utility companies.

Too often, road cuts are made in a municipality without coordination between entities, which not only inconveniences residents and increases project costs, but can also result in a significant loss of income for area merchants. Municipal officials must be fully apprised when projects are scheduled within municipal rights-of-way and on other municipally-owned properties.