Some Roswell neighbors push for 'rain tax' - CBS46 News

Some Roswell neighbors push for 'rain tax'

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COBB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

With increasing development in their area, some Roswell residents are pushing for a "rain tax" to pay for sewer improvements.

Those who live in Loch Highland in Cobb County said when it rains, silt and other debris runs into their lake. They said the neighborhood has spent $1.2 million over the last decade to make improvements to the lake.

"The lakes would turn red," said Jim Thompson, who has lived in the neighborhood for 14 years. "We'd have complete fields of debris from upstream, a lot of it. Cut logs, tennis balls, anything you want, you name it, it came in."

The homeowners association has pushed the county to impose a fee to help pay for water and sewer improvements countywide.

"I don't like the term 'rain tax,'" said Debbie Fisher, the treasurer of the homeowners association. "Tax is actually a revenue based on value, versus a utility fee which is what we're trying to accomplish."

Fisher said based on other counties, the fee would cost the average homeowner $3.65 per month and could be spent on a variety of projects.

"It's sewer pipes," said Fisher. "It's water pipes. It's culverts. It's our water quality. It's so much more than just runoff in our lake that it actually has to cover."

Residents said they are discussing their proposed fee with county leaders and hope they will get them to take action soon.

"We're getting tired," said Fisher. "We've been doing this a little over 15 years. It's a growing problem. We are not the only ones dealing with this problem.  It's all over the country."

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