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Monday, January 7, 2008

Toilet Wars©: The Realtors© Strike Back

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Tomorrow at 9 a.m. in the Maloof Auditorium, the DeKalb County Commission is set to hear — for the umpteenth time — the controversial ordinance requiring homes built before 1993 being sold in the county to be retrofit with low-flow fixtures prior to closing. The measure was hit hard by the real estate industry and has gone through several revisions, such as taking into account houses set to be razed and deciding exactly who — the Realtors, the resident, the closing attorney, etc. — should be responsible for ensuring such changes have been made. The fight's been fought before, last time in the General Assembly, and the measure was squashed by the same folks who are fighting it now. Environmentalists are urging state legislators to pursue conservation bills when the session starts next week, and this DeKalb ordinance scuttlebutt could very well be a micro version of what you'd see go down in the Gold Dome.

Now, keep in mind that it's "on the agenda," as I was corrected just a minute ago by Kristie Swink, DeKalb's public information officer, who said that the commission "will vote" on the ordinance is not the correct terminology — especially after it's been deferred time and time again.

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