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12 Comments on "DeKalb Commissioner: Previous administration dropped the water billing ball, progress now being made"

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Heather
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Heather

I’m glad to hear they are finally working to fix this.

Our last water bill was $18 but some neighbors with similar water usage gets charged $400- $600.

Thomas Porter
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Thomas Porter

Whaaaaaat? If you read the last paragraph, that’s what our friend Chad Boles has been saying all along, most of it being dismissed by by City & County.
Happy it’s acknowledged.

Heather
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Heather
I just know that the county has been trying to gaslight people with crazy bills (including hundreds for empty houses) saying that “they must have a leak” for quite some time now. The horror stories of people trying to argue that they don’t have crazy water usage only to be told by Dekalb that their house must have a leaky pipe is astounding. They pay a plumber $$$ to confirm there are no leaky pipes- and just get more gaslighting about the bill. The plumber must not have found the leaking pipe! Some reporters for national news organizations were recently… Read more »
Tatum
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Tatum

Hi Heather, Do you know which national news organizations?

Riley OConnor
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Riley OConnor

And, there is the example of those who know that they are consuming water, only to be be told “just pay the minimum administrative amount” because the meter is broken. Then the County notifies them that they are being cited because their house is vacant (no water billing).

Truth
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Truth

So all of sudden you realize this??? Where have you been all these years while serving as our county commissioner???? That’s right and you have been part of that problem. Sadly, you have been a commissioner for too long. You barely can make a decision and you pass the buck. I hope we can find someone else who is PRO PUBLIC SAFETY. YOU ARE INEFFECTIVE AND INEFFICIENT AS A COUNTY COMMISSIONER!!!!

Chad B
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Chad B
The DeKalb County Water and Sewer Department has issued over $500m in Sewer Bonds since the EPA Consent Decree began in 2010.. The interest payments are supported by your sewer bill that has doubled in the last 5 years. All the money has been spent in sewer system mapping, which is mostly complete. Testing is nowhere close to finished. Cleaning has only begun. Cleaning will not fix the following items that account for 65% of all sewer spills that resulted in a Consent Decree: root balls that have collapsed pipes, rocks and other construction rubble, sagging pipes that no longer… Read more »
Eddie E.
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Eddie E.

Meanwhile, Senator Frank Ginn has a jaunty piece in the Legislature (SB-116) to allow Counties and Municipalities to pretend the problem isn’t there at all. Might want to contact your Senator about this.

Chad B.
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Chad B.
Thanks for the heads up, E. The bill seems to allow any property owner with large tracts of undeveloped land to avoid storm sewer fees. Does that mean Ashford Park Greenspace will be exempt from storm fees? Or does it mean any new high density project can avoid storm water fees by installing peak cycle, over flow vaults? Why would they do that?Eventually, storm water from both scenarios will use the system. I don’t know the impetus for the bill so I’m just guessing. Which P.E. will the city or county hire to specify which of his/her designs must be… Read more »
Chad B.
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Chad B.
Meanwhile, back in the sewer pipe… 25% of DeKalb County’s budget ($1b) goes to retiree pensions. Another 25% goes to retiree healthcare…about $500M. http://www.myajc.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/big-state-subsidy-for-pensions-spurs-concern-for-georgia-lawmakers/JG9tyRCqCBmUxM9uggKENJ/ DeKalb generates about $1B in tax revenues and with $2.75B of debt…up $750m in 3 years. That’s a 2.75:1 ratio of debt to income. A home mortgage applicant gets 2:1 max with the reasonable expectation they can repay the loan. http://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/sites/default/files/CAFR_2015_Final.pdf DC Commissioners are considering another $400M to correct the sewer issues. That’s half of the additional $800m required in the consent decree, not to mention the pension obligation bonds they will soon have to issue… Read more »
It\'s never my fault
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It\'s never my fault

Oh Jeff, go back to sleep. We will let you know when it is time to again blame your dereliction of duty on someone else. You so funny..

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