Storm water fee suffers Election Day setback

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Petitions to repeal the storm water fee were few and far between on Election Day.

 The plan was to have them at all 45 polling sites but the final number ended up about one third of that.

“Ah yes it went sideways it was just too much for three coordinators to do,” said Moses Todd of the anti-storm fee group “I Love Augusta.”

Twenty-six thousand Augusta voters went to the polls Tuesday. Many of those willing to sign a petition to get the storm water fee repealed.

“Oh yeah, I’m going to sign it. I haven’t signed it yet, but I will,” said Pete Claffey.

But he hadn’t seen one yet.

Though voters saw the sign wavers, there was no sign of the petitions. After questions of where they could set up, the decision was made to scrap the idea early in the day.

“We didn’t want to do anything to where we obstructed the electoral process so we felt it was important that we pull the plug at noon and we stand down,” said Todd.

Meaning for seven hours there were no petitions at all for voters to sign.

“I think that’s going to cost them some–definitely is,” said Calvin Anderson who came to vote.

I probably would have signed for it not to be done,” said Josephine Rogers.

“It’s paying for something we don’t use,” she said.

Todd says he understands a lot of potential signatures were missed. Todd has clashed with city leaders over his opposition to the storm water fee. The missed opportunity to get signatures could be seen as Todd failing to deliver on his plan.

“This is not a failure. We’re going to repeal storm water. We have a plan B,” said Todd.

Mayor Davis isn’t sure the public wants a plan B, saying people are seeing the repairs on Patterson Bridge road now being paid for by storm water money and see that the program is working. He says if the fee wasn’t in place that work could have been delayed months.




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