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Coliseum Authority Regroups After Arena Bond Referendum Voted Down

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Members of the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority met in special session following the Nov. 2 vote that went against the bond referendum to build a new James Brown Arena. More than 60% of the 12,844 ballots cast opposed the $240 million dollar referendum.

Authority Chairman Cedric Johnso...

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17 COMMENTS

  1. The Design is awful! IF you must build it, make it blend in with Augusta!!! I don’t think we need a new arena. CHeaper to renovate what we have. We have many venues in Augusta now, and they seem to do well…..

  2. I voted for it while holding my nose. I think an up to date entertainment complex is another means to breath air into a dying county and propel further growth to the tax coffers. Surrounding counties have wrestled too many of these venues away from Augusta over the last 20 years as we sat on our hands or dreamed ourselves out of contention.

    That being said, Augusta’s Government has taxed and taxed and taxed, and spent and spent and spent until the taxpayers are in revolt. It just happened to be the Arena Bond issue that took the brunt of the backlash and it being a discretionary spend didn’t help. So if the Coliseum Authority leadership really thinks “The referendum was on funding, not the project.”, they are more detached from public sentiment than I thought such an astute team could be.

    Maybe if folks had seen the actual benefit from the Stormwater Fee over the years, it could have been different.
    Maybe if folks didn’t see four or five different trash collection services passing each other, picking up one of two cans while a second company picks up the other later, it could have been different.
    Maybe if folks didn’t see a Commissioner under indictment for misuse of Tax funds, it could have been different.
    Maybe if folks didn’t travel on roads pocked with potholes and patchwork asphalt, it could have been different.
    Maybe if folks didn’t see useless studies proposing to remove statues and monuments at huge expense and in violation of state law, it could have been different.

    So, when the last straw breaks the camel’s back, his whole body hits the ground.

  3. Correct! This was a vote of “no confidence” to tell Hardie Davis, Odie Donald, the commissioners, and the Coliseum Authority they are not worthy of our trust. It took two referendums for all of them to realize they work for us and it’s our money.

    • I AGREE WITH YOUR SENTIMENT.
      I DISAGREE WITH YOUR CONCLUSION THAT THE COMMISSIONERS AND COLISEUM AUTHORITY MEMBERS NOW “ REALIZE THEY WORK FOR US AND IT’S OUR MONEY “.
      THEIR EGOS ARE TOO BIG .
      THEY ARE LEGENDS IN THEIR OWN MINDS .

  4. “Next steps are to look at the election and evaluate and get more community input to find out what the community is saying,” he said.
    Horse feathers! The Coliseum Authority is “whistling past the graveyard”! This was a vote on the entire concept. This project will always be both a short and long term drag on our local economy. An ill conceived albatross around the neck of ARC. (Sorry Mr. Coleridge)

  5. Savannah is opening a new 9,500-seat arena in January. The price tag was $165 million, using SPLOST dollars.

    Why does our arena proposal cost so much more, $235 + million dollars? Why does it have to be built downtown, where parking is hard to find and crime is a concern? There’s also the issue of train delays in and out of events. I believe still that if the people of RC decide to build a new arena, it should be paid for with Splost funds, not property taxes.

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