Other Issues the GWC is Tracking
Legislators have introduced legislation for a constitutional amendment to ensure that money collected for fee-based programs (like the scrap tire fee and recycling program) is actually dedicated to the intended programs, instead of being funneled to the state’s general budget to be spent for whatever purposes the General Assembly sees fit.
Senate Bill 116 – Passing on the costs of dirty stormwater
SB 116 by Senator Frank Ginn is an attack on local stormwater utilities programs, sometimes called “rain taxes,” by creating an exemption for any property that is “designed to achieve control of water runoff from a 25 year, 24 hour storm event.” Given the well-known fact that “100 year” storm events occur quite often in GA, the 25 year event is a common rain “event.”
Stormwater management is a growing problem in Georgia, in large part due to more frequent severe weather brought by climate change and the increase in paved surfaces caused by growing populations. Eliminating these stormwater fees paid to local governments that manage stormwater systems will lead to more flooding, mud flows, washouts, culverts uprooted, bridges failing, and trees falling. SB 116 will cost tax payers much more money in the long run.
House Bill 271 – Defining the jurisdictional area of the Shoreline Protection Act
HB 271 is a bill that would change the way that the jurisdictional area is determined on beach front property on Georgia’s coast. While we agree that the current method is problematic for both DNR officials and property owners, the current language leaves some beach-front property susceptible to erosion. We are working with the bill sponsor to increase the bill’s setback off of the ordinary high water mark from 25 feet to 150 feet.
Capitol Conservation Day – Register Now!
Capitol Conservation Day is next week! Join the Georgia Water Coalition on Wednesday, February 15 for a day at the Capitol to meet with YOUR legislators to talk about important water issues in Georgia.
GWC Contact: Kate McGregor Mosely, firstname.lastname@example.org
Coastal Bus Contact: Kelly Patton, email@example.com
Trust Fund Honesty (HR 158) - Call to Support!
With HR 158, the legislature has taken an important first step towards ensuring fees are used for their stated purpose. The Georgians for Trust Fund Honesty will hold a rally on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Liberty Place at the Georgia State Capitol. Please call your Rep and ask them to support this important resolution, and mark your calendar to join other Georgians to promote Trust Fund Honesty on March 1.