Resolution against state fee diversions discussed at Valdosta City Council 2018-01-11

For our waters, last Thursday, Valdosta City Council Tim Carroll recommended (Video) a resolution in support of a resolution in the Georgia state legislature to stop state fee diversions.

      12. Council Comments - Tim Carroll
Video by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE) at Valdosta City Council, Thursday, January 11, 2018.

Newly elected Mayor Pro Tem Sandra Tooley wanted to know whether Valdosta should go in with some other local governments on this.

Tim Carroll said Lanier County had already passed the resolution, and expanded on why Valdosta should go ahead and do so:

Of particular concern is that when you think about our stormwater drainage ditches and branches, and creeks, our rivers, there are fees that are charged that are supposed to be used to protect those, and as best as we can tell they are not all being used for that purpose.

It seems likely the resolution will be on Valdosta’s agenda for voting 5:30 PM January 25, 2018.

Meanwhile, Adel’s City Manager called this morning to say Adel City Council passed the same resolution last night; more on that when we get the signed copy. Several other local governments have the resolution on their agenda.

Tim Carroll’s District 5 is bordered on the west by the Withlacoochee River, and WWALS has a paddle outing through there 9AM Saturday, March 3, 2018, from Staten Road to Langdale Park.

Map: VALORGIS. White is Valdosta inside grey city limits, yellow is recharge zones for the Floridan Aquifer, green is Langdale Park.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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