Putting the consultants to work on the "Rain Tax":
Commissioners approving spending more than $484-thousand dollars on a team of consultants to begin the process of implementing a Storm Water Utility Fee --- also known as the "rain tax."
Consultants will determine the city's storm water needs and how much to charge and how to bill customers.
Commissioner Mary Davis made the motion to move forward saying it will allow Augusta to move ahead on fixing drainage and flooding issues.
"I want to move forward we've neglected some infrastructure needs we've had across the city so this consultant firm will help us decided what our needs are how to move forward what the cost will be to move forward to fix our problems," said Davis.
City Engineers say if commissioners give final approval the storm water fee wound generate about ten million dollars a year for the storm water system.
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