News 12 First at Five / Monday, April 1, 2013
Commissioners are deciding what to do about the future of the CADI program. (WRDW-TV)
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Augusta commissioners will hear from both sides on the Clean Augusta Downtown initiative, known as CADI, Tuesday night.
More than half of the downtown business owners have signed petitions to bring the program back.
"I've heard it's make or break time. I hope they get rid of it," said downtown business owner Mike Walraven.
Walraven has been fighting against CADI from the beginning, and Tuesday night will be no different.
"We still don't need this. We need security or extra law enforcement in downtown and that's what we need," Walraven said.
CADI board members will tell commissioners about changes to the program and how every business will pay the same rate for the service.
Board members say time is running out to bring the cleanup crew back.
"We'd like to be in a position that when we move to a lockdown of the digest, that all these matters are finalized," said Richmond County Tax Assessor Alveno Ross.
Ross needs the final word from commissioners on CADI so his office can prepare the tax bills.
"That affects the tax bill, depending on which tax district you are coded in," Ross said.
"The city is doing a good job cleaning. The CADI program was supposed to be supplemental to the city. I don't see a need for $400,000," Walraven said.
Now, it's all up to commissioners.