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Opinion: Augusta Residents Dodge Tax Increase with Referendum Vote

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Whew! Augusta taxpayers dodged a big bullet last week.

The community spoke, but the Coliseum Authority didn’t listen. 

One authority member called Tuesday’s overwhelming defeat of a $235-$240 million bond referendum for a new arena a “bump in the road,” but it was more than that. It was ...

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  1. Spot on Sylivia about the out-voted Arena. And, don’t let them come back with another bond referendum for us to vote on it again! When and if we build another one it should be within our community needs, WE ARE NOT A HUGE METRO CITY. We have so many nice facilities with class (Miller, Imperial, Augusta Players, Augusta Symphony) that support our needs and should represent the class city we aim to be. I say bulldoze or sell the JB existing Arena to private people (or those that voted for it) who want to absorb the upgrades, profit or losses and maintenance. Who decided to spend money on planning a new Arena (what a waste of our taxpayer’s money and who approve of that?).

  2. The idea of a colossal JB Coliseum is a colossal bad idea …. Augusta is a medium size city and we simply need a medium size entertainment venue….(think Columbia County’s new venue.) Wonder why the Coliseum Authority members did not attend the Halloween Party…they could have played “musical chairs” and once left standing with no chair…off the commission they go! All are honorable people but it is good to change players at least every 25 years.

  3. I’d like to know why a board full of term expired people is still being even considered for anything by city leaders?
    If a single one of them were really in it for the taxpayers they would correct this manner.

  4. The fact that they had other meals in mind other than screwing property owners is one of the major problems in government today..let’s screw the taxpayer first then see if we can do it done other way if they protest..our government (local, state and federal) needs to be reminded who they work for..

  5. SYLVIA COOPER MADE A GREAT SUGGESTION —-
    TAKE THE REMAINING $ 10 MILLION ALLOCATED FOR THE CIVIC CENTER IN THE SPLOST 8 REFERENDUM AND USE IT TO RENOVATE THE EXISTING CIVIC CENTER .
    PROPERTY OWNERS ARE OVERLY BURDENED BY THE LOCAL GOVERNING AUTHORITIES ( COMMISSION & SCHOOL BOARD ) ALREADY .

  6. “For example, divide $240 million by the 7,000 people who voted for it and bill them for their portion.”

    I was never much a fan of the new coliseum proposal but Sylvia’s quote shows our current mindset on almost any tax of any kind: If the pothole being fixed isn’t right in front of my house – I don’t want to pay for it!

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