Since the new year, the CADI cleanup crews have been missing on downtown Augusta streets, and now some business owners say they are missing the program.
"It seems to me, after a few months of not having them, we can see that there is definitely a difference in the cleanliness of downtown," said David Hutchison, the owner of the Book Tavern on Broad Street.
And, some downtown are pushing for a CADI comeback and want Augusta Commissioners to approve renewing the program, something they did not do in December.
Commissioners had their doubts last year and many are still not convinced CADI is what is wanted, or needed, downtown.
"I've been getting a lot of phone calls from the property owners, the merchants, and the vendors from downtown and they would just as soon clean up their own place...which they don't have a problem with...and they would rather not have to incur an additional tax at this time," says Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle.
CADI officials are going back to Commissioners to try and bring the program back to life. The program is being altered in an effort to increase support.
One change will not allow large property owners downtown to pay less for service than small ones."We're asking the Commission to equalize the rates so all property owners pay the same rates," says Paul King, of the CADI board.
"At this point in time, they don't have my support. The only people I've heard from in support of it is the board members," says Guilfoyle
CADI may be attempting a comeback, but a lot of Commissioners still are not picking up on it.
Tuesday, a public hearing will be held on CADI with the lawyer for the Downtown Development Authority scheduled to speak.
There is nothing on the agenda for Commissioners to take any action on approving CADI, and to do so would require unanimous consent of the Commission.
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