Augusta Storm Water Fee Gains Final Approval

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It was added to this meeting only yesterday but opponents of approving a storm water fee weren’t surprise by the rush,

“Anybody that calls a special meeting you know there game plan is game plan fine like one of them said to me we got our six votes that’s a heck of a way to run a county,” said Mayor Pro-Tem Grady Smith.

The storm water fee that was put on this agenda by the mayor got just the six votes needed to be approved the mayor not apologizing for putting second reading of the ordinance on this agenda instead of waiting until next week’s regular meeting saying it met the requirement of waiting at least seven days.

“Too often there’s this notion that there’s nefarious on some one’s part there’s nothing nefarious about what’s being done this is already something the commissioners have already voted to support and pass it,” says Mayor Hardie Davis.

The fee which will be six dollars and forty cents a month for more than 90 percent of residents is considered too high by some commissioners.

“I know the need for the storm water fee but I was hoping we could compromise on a lower fee and maybe some more exemptions,” said Commissioner Mary Davis.

The fee now has been approved just as commissioners are starting to prepare the list of projects to be on the ballot for the next phase of the special purpose sales tax.

“Was this a mistake to pass the storm water fee today?”

“This is the second reading it was a done deal last week you know that,” says Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle.

Does it hurt the SPLOST in November?

That I can’t answer,” said Guilfoyle.

The special meeting was supposed to start at noon but the Mayor waited until closer to three to fulfill the 7-day time period between the first and second readings.


A flyer will be sent out in water bills within the next month to notify residents about the amount they’ll owe per month — starting January first.

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