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Augusta Commission’s American Rescue Plan funding is almost gone



(Editor's note: a previous version of the story said the Public Services Committee approved the request. It was the Public Safety Committee. The story has been updated)

Augusta overall received $82.3 million in federal American Rescue Plan funding, and it appears that most of the money allocated...

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  1. Most suppliers of complex equipment provide a list of recommended spares to be purchased with the equipment. It’s standard industry practice to buy critical spare parts, that may not be available during and after the service life of the equipment, when the equipment is purchased. Short-term focused finance and budget people whine about it, not realizing that buying those parts later is more expensive or impossible. Does the Fire Department buy those spares in advance of the need for them? Do they track storage of the spares and their shelf lives?

  2. I would think that most efficient county governments would set up allocations at the beginning of a fiscal year with a reasonable emergency fund. It seems like our county government is always SCRAMBLING for cash. How can a request for 7 million bucks come as a shock. The needs of a fire department should never be a SURPRISE.

    • Let’s add some context to your statement. Yes these apparatus are used to grab food and respond to EMS but the reason is so they are readily available whenever someone calls 911. The FD of today does so much more than what u are implying.

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