The price encompasses a $35 shoreline permit and an $800 administrative fee that covers the real estate license for each dock. The increase affects more than 10,000 dock owners on Lake Lanier alone and thousands more at the six other Corps-managed lakes across Georgia.
The Army Corps is a federal public works agency, the duties of which include managing dams, enforcing water safety and controlling flood risk.
Collins, Hice, Loudermilk and three fellow congressmembers sent the Army Corps a letter in June asking the agency to explain the increases. Brig. Gen. Diana Holland, commander for the corps’ South Atlantic Division, responded, saying the cost was determined by calculating administrative costs and passing those costs on to dockholders.
The group of congressmembers send Holland a follow-up letter Monday, saying their initial questions were “not sufficiently answered.” The letter also asks why residents were not asked or warned in advance of the rise in fees. The congressmembers charge that this could violate a federal statute that requires agencies to publish notice of plans to change a rule or make a new rule.
The letter gives Holland a deadline to Sept. 9 to respond.
June 14, 2019: Congressmen first write Army Corps
June 28, 2019: Army Corps responds
August 26, 2019: Congressmen respond