Effort Underway To Use State Law To Challenge Storm Water Fee

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Augusta,GA

Former Commissioner Moses Todd isn’t taking yes for an answer, commissioners have approved a storm water fee but Todd is launching a campaign to take it on.

“We are in a fight for what’s fair to the citizens of Augusta Richmond County,” said Todd putting out signs on Barton Chapel Road.

Todd is leading a campaign to get the storm water fee repealed by using state law to get the measure on the ballot

To fight them using the Georgia State Constitution,” said Todd

Todd’s goal is to drum up support from Augusta’s registered voters.

Elections Director Lynn Bailey says this is new for Augusta but if Todd can get a little more than 10 thousand valid signatures on a petition under state law the storm water fee would be put before Augusta voters in a special election.

“For citizens who find themselves in this very position of being in discord with their city government it’s a vehicle that allows to put the matter before the voters for an up or down vote,” said Bailey.

“Ninety nine point nine percent of the public that I’ve talked to is with me,” says Todd.

Don Pearson is not against a storm water fee but supports the effort to let Augusta voters make the decision.

“If he can get it done that way I would certainly vote for it,” said Pearson,

“You would like to see it on the ballot system?”

“Yes,” he said.

And Moses Todd is working to make that happen.

Todd’s group is working on a website to gather public support.

He says the group’s goal is to collect 25 hundred signatures a month for six months to get the needed numbers.

The elections office says it would be up to the probate court to determine if the signatures are valid and issue the call for the special election.

Todd says the group’s goal is to collect 25 hundred signatures a month for six months to get needed numbers

The elections office says it would be up to the probate court to determine if the signatures are valid to issue the call for the vote.

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