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Opinion: Spooky Arena Referendum Looms Ahead

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Here it is Halloween, two days before a $235 million referendum on a new James Brown Arena, and I don’t know which is spookier.

Coliseum Authority members and consultants are promising us treats, but they could be tricking us with what the real cost could be because they’re also using $25 millio...

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  1. Appropriate WRITING for Halloween …. what’s going on with Augusta government/tax payer monies is truly FRIGHTENING ! SAVE SUMMERVILLE; SAVE OUR CANAL; SAVE AU BASKETBALL; SAVE AUGUSTA TAXPAYERS FROM THE JBA PALACE ON 7TH STREET; SAVE AUGUSTA! ALL I CAN SAY IS “BOO AUGUSTA SIMPLY BOO!”

  2. Someone PLEASE correct me if I’m wrong. Did this new property tax increase simply jump up and bite us recently, or has it been in the JB Arena plan forever and I just missed it? I have always been under the impression that the new arena would be funded as it always has — taxable promotions, lodging tax, alcohol tax, and SPLOST. When did this property tax scheme come about? I am hoping that the sheep stay away from the polls on Tuesday and the NO vote will prevail. Maybe the property owners will finally get a WIN.

  3. I cannot determine if Odie, Hardie, and all the other minions are so incredibly stupid that they believe their own budget accounting, or they believe voters are so incredibly stupid and disengaged that we believe their financial magic tricks or don’t care if our government taxes us to death in exchange for poor governance. PS: It’s a sure bet Mrs. Cooper knows what “Let’s go, Brandon!” means. She showed great restraint by not appending “#FJB”.

  4. My perdiction: 90% of home renters and Project dwellers will vote Yes; 90% of home and property Owners will vote No. Guess who will win—those voting to give themselves a piece of someone else’s money.

  5. The new arena will bankrupt the taxpaying citizens of Augusta. In fact beware of Odie’s budget – the use of ARP money is unsustainable. Already the taxpayers will need to cover the higher salaries, studies and other proposals in the new budget
    (read Sylvia’s column last week). The front page of today’s AC, was a wonderful juxtaposition of current issues/problems, “James Brown Arena referendum is Tuesday” and “Missed garbage collections annoy local homeowners”; the city needs to take care of the infrastructure issues first before signing on to fund an arena at TAXPAYERS expense. When the garbage pickup, flooding issues, parks/recreation facilities and others are maintained and cared for, perhaps then it is time for a discussion as to whether or not an arena is needed. Vote wisely, to avoid suffering from buyers remorse.

  6. “Baked in” is a terrifying phrase to this Ole time bank auditor, most especially coming from the Head Bean Counter in Charge. This makes me want to dive head first into the financial records.
    But, a last, I do have long enough left on this Ole earth to unravel this kind of arithmetic.

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