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Setting The Stage For Augusta's Storm Water Utility Fee

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The chance you will be paying a storm water utility fee in Augusta takes a major step forward.

The Augusta Commission Engineering Services Committee has recommended spending more than $480,000 on a team of consultants to begin work on implementing the fee, also known as the "Rain Tax". The money generated would maintain and upgrade the city's storm water system. One of the consultants' jobs will be determining how much the fee is going to be.

"A rate study is going to be part of it and I think you're going to have to do one or two things: you're either going to have to raise the milalge rate or you're going to have to pass this storm water fee. Then everybody gets to participate, including churches and non-profits," says Commissioner Joe Jackson, who chairs the Engineering Services Committee.

"But, this really sets the stage for the fee?" we asked Jackson. "It sets the stage," he answered.

Augusta Engineering Department director Abie Ladson expects the fee would generate $10 million a year, and if approved by the full Commission, the fee would begin next summer.

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