Augusta Storm Water Fee Heading For Commission Vote Next Week

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Robert Sanders says paying for a storm water fee isn’t the place he wants to go right now.

 “No I’m not ready for the storm water fee it just wasn’t part of the makeup when I purchased my home and those types of things so I’m a retired person basically living on a fix income,” said Sanders who lives off  Willis Foreman Road.

The fee is basically fixed for 90 percent of the home owners in Augusta it would be $640 cents a month, raising ten million dollars   a year to for the storm system…

And after years of talking about it Augusta’s City Administrator says it’s time for commissioners to make a final decision on the utility fee.

 “And hopefully if commissioners feel comfortable with that we will be able to move forward with getting it on the agenda for approval of a new storm water ordinance at the next regular meeting,”  says City Administrator Janice Jackson.

 This month?

Umm-Hum

Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle represents deep south Augusta and says his area doesn’t see the benefits of a storm water fee.

“I’m still getting phone calls what can I do what can I do to fight it my main thing is for my colleagues to get an understanding that my district is different,” says Guilfoyle.

“We have staffed that work full time on storm water related things that have always been charged to the general fund,” says Jackson.

 We’re counting on money we don’t have we’re counting on money for a program that’s not implemented yet,” says Guilfoyle.

At a work session this afternoon most commissioners indicated they supported the Administrator moving forward with putting the fee up for a vote at the next meeting.

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