Fayette County Commissioners says Merry Christmas.... and here is your gift. A new TAX
Many of you have received the StormWater Runoff Tax in the mail by now... if not give it a day or two.
First this poorly conceived TAX was not communicated to the Citizens and any new taxes should be brought
before us before levied. When I contacted the NEW Office of the Stormwater division I was told that if you don't like it contact your Commissioner.
I was also advised this Tax was levied against us in June but we are just now receiving the bill and an additional Tax will be placed again
in June 2013. After I advised this person that my Rain water exits my property in the creek behind my house and does not even enter
a Stormwater system I was advised that because of the "POLLUTION" of my grass and driveway the EPA has assessed the penalties
because the rain goes into a creek thus I am now a polluter and must pay the Tax.
When I inquired who did the water TCLP (Toxicity Characteristic Leachate Procedure) I was met with silence and when I asked when a homeowner
was required to have a SWPPP (Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan) again silence.
So I took his advice and wrote our County Commissioners.
The following is the emails and answers:
To whom it may concern,
Today I discovered that I have been assessed a fee for "Storm Water".
I have been following the debacle in Peachtree City as they assessed their Citizens months ago.
To say the least it is not well received.
I feel like you gave the Citizens of Fayette County NO NOTICE of this fee for a reason. One it would not have been well received
and two many if not most of us have to wonder what our property taxes, personal taxes, County taxes, sales taxes et.al.
really go towards since we are now being accessed another "fee".
I will be contacting as many of Fayette County citizens that I can in order to gather support for a repeal of this fee and failing that voting you out
as soon as elections are held.
WE are TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY and do not want or need another tax placed on us by you.
Lee Hearn wrote:
Steve: Please contact Commissioner Steve Brown.... he has promised to fix this....
My term is up Dec 31 sorry not much I can do...
Commissioner Steve Browns Response:
Thank you for your correspondence regarding the new storm water fee.
I voted against the measure for several reasons.
The three member majority (Chairman Frady, Commissioner Hearn and Commissioner Horgan) passed the new fees and were not receptive to suggestions. All three will not be in office by January 2013.
All that being said, we do have a significant problem with our stormwater infrastructure in the unincorporated county and something will ultimately have to be done. Currently, we have tens of millions of dollars worth of dilapidated piping beneath roads and next to roads that has to be replaced.
A few projects had to immediately be funded out of the general fund because the road beds were collapsing on top of the eroded metal pipes which were well beyond their lifespans.
Unfortunately, there was no plan and no funding set aside to replace the infrastructure, ever.
New guidelines have been put in place and we now use long-lasting concrete pipe instead of the metal pipe,but the long replacement list remains.
The ground work for releasing the fee program was poorly orchestrated and many in the public were unaware. There will be a change management style beginning next year.
None of the commissioners as of January 2013 will have voted for the stormwater project. The program will be evaluated and we will ultimately have to step-up and determine how to make the critical repairs which will cost a great deal of money.
I have been fielding calls all day on this from my neighbors. None of which knew about the tax nor are they happy about it.
Almost everyone is so upset they have stated they are not paying the fee.
This was poorly conceived and poorly communicated. One of my neighbors told me she contacted the office and was told they only sent out 50 letters and stopped because of the cost but yet was able to send out billing for this only 7 months late.
Mr. Brown.. I am starting a petition to have this tax suspended at least until this can be properly put before the people of Fayette County and a needs assessment can be obtained.
I request that you place this on the agenda for the next meeting where I will present the petition for the suspension.
So there it is... If you don't care for the new TAX leave a message here. I will be creating a petition both online and on paper to suspend the Tax until
such time we the Citizens of Fayette County can have the Commissioners explain to us exactly why we have to pay a tax for Rain.