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Sylvia Cooper: Mayor’s last State of the City address is prelude to upcoming runoff



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In Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis’s last State of the City speech Thursday, he followed his normal modus operandi. That’s police talk for “method of operation.”...

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  1. I went to school with Wayne and I like Wayne a lot. Very disappointed in his attack ad about property taxes. It’s very misleading. I think John Clarke has done a great job. Also very disappointed that Brandon Garrett would endorse Hardie 2.0 Kendrick. One to the current Mayor. We’ve had some bad politicians in our time. I was an Augusta resident for 40 years and a property owner even after I moved out of Augusta. If I could find one word to describe Hardie Davis tenure? It would be pathetic. If I could find one word to describe Hardie? It would be greedy. Any man that would use stolen valor in a military town should be run out of town on a rail. He should have been under investigation for misuse of public funds a long time ago. Just goes to show you the corruption that’s tolerated in Augusta and how the voters really don’t care how corrupt you are. If he was a leader in my church? I’d demand his resignation. Would you want this man anywhere near your collection plate? Seems like he will get away with collecting monies for a charity and then diverting that money for anything but charity..I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again..at least we know who the brother is that did all the keeping..Good Luck Augusta if Kendrick is elected. You will need it…

  2. Allen’s comment about Wayne’s ad about property assessments is certainly on the mark. The ad makes it sound like Wayne doesn’t understand the role of the Board of Assessors and how it differs from the role of the Board of Commissioners. The BOA is required by state law to assess properties at their fair market value. Most would agree that property values have gone up significantly and the BOA is making assessments match reality as best they can. The commissioners should reduce the mileage rate to compensate such that the actual tax bills remain about the same. Last year in Lincoln county the Board of Commissioners did just that when assessments went way up. The ad makes it sound like the commissioners are responsible for the assessments which is not true. The commissioners appoint the members of the Board of Assessors, but that’s it.

  3. Excellent observations Mrs. Cooper-Rogers! Thank goodness Hardie will soon no longer be mayor! I hope he gets a job in Saudi Arabia. So Sammie Sias gets a gift but I STILL want to know when the investigation of Sias will come to a head? 🤷‍♂️

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