In 2013 the County Council approved an annual $19 on-site sewage system (OSS) fee to support the Operation and Maintenance (O&M) program. The annual fee is included on property tax statements if there is an OSS on the property and is collected by the Treasurer's Office. The fee replaced the $35.00 OSS Report of System Status filing fee and the septage surcharge of $3.00/100 gallons pumped. This annual fee provides a more stable funding source and evenly distributes the cost of the program to all OSS owners. In addition, this method of fee collection is more efficient by eliminating staff time for receipting of individual reports and billing licensed pumpers.