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Column: What’s changed since the last Masters



A lot of things have changed in the Augusta area since last year’s Masters Golf Tournament, and a lot of things haven’t.

The most positive change in local government is that Augusta has a new mayor, Garnett Johnson, and is finally rid of the charlatan, aka Mayor Hardie Davis, who wanted to hang ...

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  1. The NEWTON – BURNS SALES TAX INCREASE to fund (at least partially) the construction of a new $250,000,000.00 (the exact number is a moving target) Civic Center was not mentioned in the column .
    A referendum is to precede the imposition of the Sales Tax increase .
    Wouldn’t the overburdened property taxpayers In Richmond County have appreciated the option of applying the proposed Sales Tax increase to a rollback of the property tax — instead of a new Civic Center ?
    Neither State Representative Newton nor State Senator Burns offfered any legislation to ratchet down the property tax cap in Richmond County .
    Hopefully some fiscally conservative candidates will offer primary opposition to these tax happy legislators .

  2. The column breezed past HB 733 which revised provisions for Richmond County letting contracts and opening bids . That sounds like it may be important , especially in light of the current controversy surrounding ambulance service . What will be the new provisions for letting contracts and opening bids ?

  3. “And we expect some sportswriter to do another piece on how tacky Washington Road is and then go home to Detroit or Cleveland.” …Sylvia Cooper, “You Go Girl”! You never miss a beat with your insights. Thank you for each and every edition, for Decades. AND MANY MORE! Be well, be safe.

  4. And, the General Assembly kept alive Augusta’s hopes for a state veterans cemetery by including seed money for a VA construction grant in the state budget. Sen. Ossoff and Rep. Allen’s offices are working with the VA to secure funding.

  5. Why should the tax and spend Liberals in our legislative delegation vote to put a lid on our taxpayer’s cookie jar? Or for that matter their brethren across Richmond County vote to give our new mayor the right to vote to break a tie?

    When this new consolidated government goes bankrupt like the old city of Augusta did, let’s do it in reverse this time.

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