Storm water tax could bring in millions for Augusta

If you live in Augusta get ready there could be a new tax on the way.
Commissioners are set to vote on a storm water utility fee in January. Officials are already in the first phase of putting the program together.

It could end up costing you an extra 50 dollars a year. When it rains for 19 days straight, It creates all sorts of problems like sink holes, roads washed out, and down trees.

Now there's another problem and there's no money to fix it. "I know that our engineering department is looking for $10 million in extra revenue. Where do we find that funding," said Augusta Commissioner Mary Davis.

They'll get the funding from you the taxpayer. Commissioner Mary Davis is not for raising taxes, but is not sure how else to find the money.

"We definitely have an infrastructure problem in the city. Over the years the money hasn't been there for maintenance and that's a problem that should be addressed," said Commissioner Mary Davis.

"If everything goes well in January, we will present it to commissioners. We could start collecting it a year from now," said Augusta's Engineering Department Director Abie Ladson.

Twelve other counties in Georgia have a storm water tax. The city will tax you to manage the storm water that collects from your property. It will apply to all proprieties, schools and churches. Leaders estimate the cost to each property owner $5 to $6 a month.

Neighbors in the area say the possible clogged city owned storm drain caused these trees to fall. City managers are not taking blame saying debris was found on top of the drain. The city has hundreds of drains that will take thousands of dollars to keep clean.


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