County takes steps to end stormwater utility

Most Fayette County residents will likely soon be seeing one less bill going forward thanks to the newly-approved SPLOST. Funds from the SPLOST for much-needed stormwater infrastructure projects will lead to the eventual end of the stormwater utility bringing some relief to taxpayers.

Though the repeal was not completed at Thursday night’s County Board of Commissioners, it seems inevitable.

“We want to get out from up under this,” said Commissioner Charles Rousseau.

Since 2012, the stormwater utility has brought in roughly $500,000 a year to the County. The County has $23,741,641 earmarked for stormwater projects using SPLOST funds.

The next bills would go out at the start of October if the utility is not repealed, meaning all residents in good standing will not receive another bill. That won’t be the case for those delinquent on payments, with nearly $400,000 in revenue still outstanding.

“We’re not giving any kind of amnesty,” said Chairman Eric Maxwell.

The vote to repeal was tabled and will be tackled at the next meeting, allowing staff to properly prepare the best way to pursue those past-due payments.

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Christopher Dunn has been the sports editor for Fayette Newspapers since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Game Day magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.


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