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Augusta Commission deadlocks on millage rate, stalling legal process



(Corrected to say four commissioners voted for the full rollback)

At a special called meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 9, the Augusta Commission failed to take action on a proposal from the Finance Department that would start the process to determine the millage rates for next year.

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  1. While most economists predict that the country will be in a recession in 2023 , —- no Richmond County Commissioner is reported to have advocated examining the 2023 budget for ways to reduce spending . The article leads one to conclude that each and every commissioner accepted the budget presented by the department heads and rubber stamped it —- without question .
    Richmond County Commissioner Brandon Garrett even bemoans the fact that there is a tax cap imposed by state law .
    A 2.25 mill tax increase is baked into the budget because the Commissioners failed to account for needed fire equipment when they prepared the SPLOST VIII . This is the same group of Commissioners that sought to impose a three (3) mill tax increase to build a Two Hundred Fifty Million ($250,000,000.00) Dollar Civic Center. That proposed tax increase was defeated by the taxpayers / voters .
    Were the voters simply fools to elect these people OR did the voters not have any fiscally responsible candidates from which to choose ?

    • I failed to mention that this is the same group of Commissioners that gifted the current Tax Commissioner Fifty Five Thousand ($55,000.00) Dollars when he left the Deputy Tax Commissioner’s job to become Tax Commissioner .
      I still have not seen an explanation for that .
      And , I still have not read how that gift squares with the gratuities clause of the Georgia Constitution.

  2. Also it might be added that salaries have not increased to match the increase in property values and goods and service prices have also increased. People have less money not more. Didn’t they just vote to give 7 million of taxpayer dollars to a consultant to do the job a department head has failed to do? Incompetency is rewarded at the taxpayers expense. Maybe if Hardie spent as much time focusing on the city as he does rubbing elbows with gun grabbing liberal hacks the city could be better not worse. Or maybe if he wasn’t trying to hide his misgivings so much he could do the job he was elected to do..representing the people of Augusta, not himself and his liberal cronies…

  3. What is the Engineering director doing with the stormwater money? He most certainly is not doing a good job of maintaining our retention ponds and creeks. In fact he has stopped cutting the grass and trees from Rae’s Creek and now there is flooding that we have never had. The creek was maintained for years and in 2019 the Engineering director found another use for our stormwater fees. We need an explanation of why the stormwater fees are not being used for maintenance.

  4. Four Commissioners voted for a full rollback!!
    The votes weren’t there to get what we wanted. The Fire Department increase was slid in there yesterday during the presentation. It’s fair to say that the Commissioners received information on the milage rate after 8:00 PM Monday evening. Four of us Commissioners were furious about receiving it at the last minute and were dead set against it. Action was taken yesterday when we voted against the “proposed” milage rate wanting a rollback. We have a Special Called Meeting at 10 AM to discuss this so do realize that there are Commissioners who need to be acknowledged for wanting the rollback!

    • Thanks for all u do! My taxes have gone up 2 years in a row. My house value was doubled since I bought it. There are many many houses that are double and triple the size of mine that appraise for less. I can show you a house that was sold for over 1 mil that had a 30% reduction in value under sales price. For a county that spends on EQUITY I would ask where is mine? There was a sink hole in front of my house for months, there is one at the bottom of Bellevue that is going on 6 months. They are totally incompetent and I do not know how you stand it. I am hoping to get the hell out of here as soon as I can convince my wife. If everything was appraised properly they wouldn’t have to rape some of us.

    • Straight FACTS!! Augusta absolutely was hoodwinked into re-electing Mayor HarHar and his shark suit csmpsign promises/lies.
      I pray his bags and household goods are packed and ready to be transported out of the CSRA the minute after he does whatever transfer of power is necessary to Brandon Garrett.

  5. ‘Y’all are mismanaging a half a million dollars,’ which is not true,” said Mayor Davis. This predicted allegation is not true. Y’all are mismanaging the entire ~$1B 2022 budget for Augusta. Too bad Odie is not here to apply his special financial math skills.

  6. Straight FACTS!! Augusta absolutely was hoodwinked into re-electing Mayor HarHar and his shark suit csmpsign promises/lies.
    I pray his bags and household goods are packed and ready to be transported out of the CSRA the minute after he does whatever transfer of power is necessary to Brandon Garrett.

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