Augusta, GA (WJBF) – More than four dozen of local residents gathered at the Augusta Municipal Building Thursday to hear this message about the Storm Water Utility Fee, “We’re going to make it simple no vote no fee,” said Moses Todd.
A petition drive is circulating to get the Storm Water Utility Fee on the ballot this November.
Former Augusta mayor Larry Sconyers was just one of those turning out in support of letting voters and not the Augusta Commission decide. “We’re not business-friendly, any more. You come in and put a big tax on these people who have these big parking lots. Why do I want to go pay that tax?” he asked.
Moses Todd, of the group “I Love Augusta”, is leading the petition drive, but he is now finding reinforcements, with the Richmond County Property Owners Association saying it is supporting the repeal efforts to get the fee on the ballot.
“[We] feel the ordinance was done hastily and without full input of the property owners that it affects,” said president Darren Smith.
The Augusta Professional Firefighters Association is also throwing its support behind the repeal drive. Todd says this help will speed up the efforts to get petitions to those who want to sign. ‘We’re going to be like the pizza delivery man, we’re going to have that petition there and give them the opportunity to sign it.”
Some residents are ready to sign up, and the effort is growing, but some Commissioners believe this isn’t how most of Augusta feels. “And, they will stick with the fee,” said Commissioner Dennis Williams. “You don’t think the opposition is strong?” we asked. “I don’t think they’re strong enough and I hope they are not,” he answered. “You don’t think the opposition is strong enough?” we asked. “I don’t think they’re strong enough,” he answered.
We will continue to follow this story and bring you the latest information as it becomes available.