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Brand New Bag: Points to Ponder As Arena Talk Continues

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The people voted. The results went uncontested. And yet, still, the conversation continues.

That’s excellent news.

When the James Brown bond referendum was voted down on Nov. 2, I sort of expected the whirlwind of opinions – both informed and wild-eyed – to calm. I did not, for a moment, beli...

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  1. ALL OF THE COLISEUM AUTHORITY APPOINTEES TERMS HAVE EXPIRED.
    IS IT POSSIBLE THAT THERE ARE TERM LIMITS ON COUNTY BOARDS AND AUTHORITIES ?
    DOES THAT EXPLAIN ALL THE HOLDOVERS ON THE COLISEUM AUTHORITY ?
    ONLY SYLVIA COOPER KNOWS FOR SURE !!!
    THE AUGUSTA – RICHMOND COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TURNED OVER
    FIFTEEN MILLION ( $ 15,000,000.00 ) DOLLARS OF TAXPAYER MONEY TO THOSE HOLDOVER APPOINTEES
    ( for EXACTLY what has not been ADEQUATELY reported in the press ) . THOSE HOLDOVER APPOINTEES ALSO PERSUADED THE ELECTED COMMISSIONERS TO HOLD A REFERENDUM ON A THREE ( 3 ) MILL PROPERTY TAX INCREASE TO FUND THE CONSTRUCTION OF A BRAND NEW —- BUT UNNECESSARY —-
    TWO HUNDRED FIFTY MILLION ( $ 250,000,000.00 ) DOLLAR CIVIC CENTER . Thankfully that has been TEMPORARILY defeated by over sixty percent of those who voted . BUT IT HAS BEEN REPORTED IN SOME ( NOT ALL ) OF THE NEWS OUTLETS THAT THE HOLDOVERS ON THE COLISEUM AUTHORITY ARE PLANNING TO COME BACK TO THE VOTERS IN OR ABOUT JULY 2022 ( you know —- after the May 2022 elections .)
    NOTE : Also inadequately reported in the press was the plan of the Coliseum Authority to sell
    “ naming rights “ to the NEW Civic Center ! How exactly does that mesh with “ James Brown Arena “ ?

    THE PRIORITIES OF THE ELECTED COMMISSIONERS IN RICHMOND COUNTY ARE OUT OF WHACK.

    RECENTLY THESE COMMISSIONERS CREATED A LIST OF SPLOST 8 PROJECTS . ONLY A HANDFUL OF VOTERS BOTHERED TO GO TO THE POLLS —- AND SPLOST 8 WAS NARROWLY APPROVED .
    THE SPLOST 8 WAS SALTED WITH SPECIAL INTEREST PROJECTS THAT DREW OUT ENOUGH VOTERS ( WITH A SPECIAL INTEREST OR TWO ) TO CARRY THAT VOTE .
    IF THAT SPLOST 8 HAD PRIORITIZED ALL THE NEEDED STORMWATER AND INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS —- THE STORMWATER FEE THAT THE VOTERS PAY EACH MONTH WITH OUR WATER BILLS COULD HAVE BEEN ELIMINATED AND AN ARGUMENT COULD BE MADE FOR REDUCING THE PROPERTY TAX .

    BUT —- WHO ON THE COMMISSION CARES ABOUT THE ABHORRENT TAX BURDEN BORNE BY THE RICHMOND COUNTY PROPERTY OWNER ?

  2. With all the prospective potential for economic growth it is hard to understand why there has been no mention of private investors wanting to take part ?
    All these claims of developing this same ” Corridor ” were made with the Port Royal development.
    If what had been claimed would happen at that time, (the same claims being made now BTW), had happened, we would not even be discussing building a new arena right now, it would have been built years ago.
    Built out of obvious necessity by the way, no claims of build it and they will come required.
    If they really want to succeed at this venture I suggest that our elected officials marry the easy access & close proximity to this same business corridor of Augusta’s “International Airport” to the conversation as selling point in their next attempt to foist this on the taxpayers.

    • YOU MENTIONED PORT ROYAL .
      SOME READERS MAY NOT BE OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER — THAT DESPITE THE INITIAL SUCCESS ( two or three years ) OF THE RETAIL PORTION OF PORT ROYAL —- AFTER THE NOVELTY WORE OFF —- IT FAILED .
      THE REAL ESTATE WAS SOLD FOR PENNIES ON THE DOLLAR OF THE COST TO BUILD .
      THE CONDOMINIUMS WERE A FINANCIAL FAILURE ALSO .
      ALMOST EVERYONE ( if not everyone ) who placed a deposit to buy the “sold prior to construction units “
      —- and I believe that all units were pre-sold —- voluntarily forfeited their deposit and did not go through with the purchase . The condos eventually sold for about twenty- five percent of the initial asking price.
      FINANCIAL DISASTER FOR THE DEVELOPER AND ITS LENDER .

      THE OPENING OF THE EXISTING CIVIC CENTER ( in or about 1973 ) WAS TOUTED TO BRING ECONOMIC PROSPERITY AND DEVELOPMENT TO THE SURROUNDING AREA . ONE NEED ONLY DRIVE AROUND THAT AREA TO SEE WHETHER THERE PROVED TO BE ANY VALIDITY TO THAT EXPECTATION.
      I ACQUIRED PROPERTY IN THE VICINITY ( within eyesight / within walking distance ) OF THE CIVIC CENTER A FEW YEARS AGO WITH THE INTENTION OF DEVELOPING IT , HOWEVER I SUBSEQUENTLY OBSERVED THAT THE PROLIFERATION OF PERSONS WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE ISSUES AND VAGRANTS MAKE IT UNATTRACTIVE FOR DEVELOPMENT AT THIS TIME . ONE NEED ONLY VISIT THE MAIN POST OFFICE ON EIGHTH STREET TO RELATE .

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