Re the Sept. 9 editorial, “Repeal storm water fee? Idea is all wet”:
I had the pleasure to serve as a Columbia County commissioner from 1999-2003. During my term, I served as chairmen of the Development Committee, which was tasked with looking at and implementing the stormwater fee. After much research and public discussion, the Board of Commissioners voted and unanimously approved the fee.
There was a small, but very vocal, group that opposed the fee from the onset. They even went so far as to file a lawsuit, which the Georgia Supreme Court ultimately ruled 5-0 in favor of Columbia County.
I found it rather amusing that Commissioner Charles Allen made a promise during his campaign to repeal the stormwater utility fee. This county has been blessed with much development but this has created many problems with water run-off. The stormwater utility fee was and is one of the best ways to fund solutions to these issues. While not perfect, it is a huge step in the right direction for a growing county.
I took a lot of personal heat and criticism for my stand in supporting this fee, but sometimes you have to do what you think is right regardless of the outcome. Where would we be now if we didn’t have this utility fund to solve our run-off and flooding issues? To repeal it would be a huge step backward.