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Huntington Sewer Fee Goes To Committees

Reported: Jan. 14, 2014 5:56 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 14, 2014 10:10 PM EST
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (Dave Benton) -- When it rains in the River City, chances are you'll see flooding from time to time. That's why the big item on Monday night's agenda at Huntington City Council was whether or not to pass the controversial storm water fee.

"We pay enough taxes in my opinion," Tiffany Clary of Huntington said.

Another Huntington resident, Robert Mace, said he understood the proposal.

"We have a lot of flooding here," he said. "They have to something about that flooding."

Money from the proposed tax would hire more employees and buy equipment for street sweeping and unclogging catch basins. If it passes, homeowners would pay $4 to $7 a month if their structure is less than 5,000 square feet. It costs much more if their property is larger.

But, the issue never went to a vote. After councilman Dave Ball made a motion to send the issue to a finance committee, former councilman and outspoken citizen Tom McCallister chimed in and brought the meeting to a standstill when he argued with Ball, saying he didn't have a clue.

"I will not have him talking to council this way," Ball said. "We are members of this city he will not talk to us in a derogatory manner."

McCallister respinded.

"That's me, the village idiot," he said. "I love it. The guy has no reason to be on council. He made a remark, I made one back, and it went back and forth. It didn't make a difference."

Mayor Steve Williams is forming a special work group to look at the storm water fee proposal. It will also be mulled over in the city's finance committee.



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