Originally created 12/30/00

Spearheading a guilt trip for fee 123000 - The Augusta Chronicle



Regarding "Officials describe tax need," (news story, Dec. 18):

Commissioner Frank "Ramrod" Spears .. wishes that every Columbia County resident could see a sinkhole swallowing part of a house.

I feel sorry for the owners of that house and would be the first to say they need help. Having said that, I would like for every Columbia County resident to understand how this was allowed to happen. Mr. Spears claims his storm water tax (fee) will fix all these problems, if we will only take his word for it. We just don't understand. ...

The question people should ask is,"How did this happen in the first place and why will only a special area pay for all the damages?" Mr. Spears is trying to hang a guilt trip on everyone to push his "fee."

Let me refer you to a Dec. 17 letter in The Chronicle by Bill Thigpen. When you apply for a building permit you sign a contract and pay for an inspector to make sure you are following county codes. ... Where was the inspector when this house was built and who was the builder? ...

We live over 10 miles from where this has happened and the "water runoff" from our house does not run anywhere close to that area. If it's the opinion of the powers-that-be that we should pay for all those repairs in certain areas, then why not all the county? Why not a 1-cent tax or some other way to pay for the repairs? This is not a fair way to go about this thing. ...

One last point concerning people who don't live in the selected area: Look out you are next. And don't say they can't do that without notifying you first. They can and they already have ...

Donald McLeod, Grovetown



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