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Augusta’s Non-Discrimination Ordinance Passes

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Augusta has joined several other Georgia cities that have an ordinance prohibiting discrimination in any public place. These places include businesses, housing, amusement venues and lodgings, such as hotels.

The ordinance does not include a provision for filing against a government agency.

The ordinance would allow the city to impose a fine on any business that is found to have committed di...

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  1. Who is going to pay the fees for this process? Are the arbitrators volunteers? Is evidence, if needed, going to be collected by professionals? Is anyone going to keep tabs in actual costs for this program? How long before our commissioners request a salaried individual(s) to actually staff this program? Where do the application fees and fines end up IF paid?

    • Answers to your questions:
      1. Taxpayers end up paying the fees.
      2. Members of mayor’s, administrator’s and commissioners’ families serve as volunteer arbitrators.
      3. No evidence will be required – complaints are strictly he said, she said (it said, it said if PC).
      4. Since cost is no concern when pursuing social justice, no program financial records will be kept.
      5. Paid staffers will be approved on the next consent agenda behind closed doors.
      6. Fees and fines are used to pay off the mayor’s credit card balance.

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