Georgia water agency extends stormwater fee to non-Macon customers

MACON, Ga. — The Macon Water Authority (MWA) said it will start billing homeowners in south Bibb County and Lizella a $4.99 stormwater fee each month, local news station WMAZ-TV reported on Sunday.

The collected fees will go directly toward improvements to the stormwater system, according to Joey Leverette, MWA president and executive director.

The $4.99 fee will be per 2,200 square feet of surface that water can't pass through for homeowners that own more space, but mostly owners of commercial properties according to Macon-Bibb Commissioner Bill Howell, WMAZ-TV reported. 

"It's a $9 million budget a year," Howell said. "There's a little SPLOST money, but that's just for capital improvements."

In January, existing MWA customers began to get billed for stormwater after the agency took over stormwater system maintenance from Macon-Bibb County.

"There's a number of capital projects that have been done. Replacing large pipe or replacing culverts," Leverette told 13WMAZ. "There's numerous more projects on the books being scheduled for future years."

Marvin Land, the authority's storm water manager, told the news station that there are 1,200 miles of storm drain pipes throughout the county, several of which are past their life cycle and need replacement. 

The homeowners will be billed twice each year, coming in at a total of $30 every six months.

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