You'll soon pay a new fee to help reduce
flooding in Albany, update the city's old drainage system, and make sure the
city complies with federal regulations.
Tuesday night City
commissioners approved setting up a new storm water utility.
It will be funded by new user fees that
will be set later. Residents will pay a flat fee added to
their monthly Water Gas and Light bill. Businesses and tax-exempt organizations
such as churches and Phoebe Putney Hospital will pay based on the strain they
place on the system.
"I think it's a good thing
for the city of Albany. We've had a number of meetings with the city commission
and staff members, this is something that's a growing problem around the state,
that is to develop improvements to deal with storm water issues that are going
on all across the state, so it's simply creating the best possible system for
financing improvements in the future is a good step forward," said Bill Holby,
About 50 Georgia cities already charge a similar fee.