Proposed ‘rain tax’ would fall unevenly on some
August 10, 2013 11:26 PM | 884 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Regarding the county’s proposed rain tax, I wonder what improvement, if any, that would bring to those of us who have rainwater run-off ditches across our property. We have such a ditch and I have kept it mowed and weed-eated and policed it for trash and debris that irresponsible neighbors upstream throw in the ditch and washes down on us in heavy rains. I drag out tree limbs, car parts and broken glass regularly to prevent the culvert pipe just below us that underpasses Powers Ferry Road from becoming clogged and then the backup water flooding our property.

I have done this for 42 years and even at minimum wage I know that I have given the county thousands of dollars in free labor to maintain their ditch, not to mention that I have paid property tax on that ditch for 42 years.

Rain water runoff from Lower Roswell Road and Hazelwood Drive in east Cobb runs down through this ditch and in heavy rains there is so much water, over five feet deep in some places, that if a person, especially a child, fell into that stream they would have no chance of survival.

About 15 years ago we were flooded when the inlet to the culvert pipe just below us stopped up after a neighbor upstream cut down a tree and threw his logs in the ditch. When I complained to the county through the office of Community Development I got sympathy but little help. I was told that even though it is each property owner’s responsibility to maintain a free-flowing ditch the county had no enforcement powers in the event the property fails to do so.

So if the rain tax is imposed will I get any help from the county in seeing to it that their ditch is properly maintained or will it just be another tax with no benefit to it?

Clyde Harry Gilbert


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