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Editorial: County Commission is mayor’s keeper

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It is unreasonable to ask for a city-wide forensic audit. The cost and logistics are beyond what is possible for the city.

An audit is also something that will never be approved by the Richmond County Commission. What could and should be approved is a forensic audit of the mayor’s operating an...

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  1. THE AUGUSTA COMMISSIONS’ DECISION TO PAY SOME SEVENTY THOUSAND ( $70,000.00 ) DOLLARS TO FORMER DEPUTY TAX COMMISSIONER TEDERELL “CHRIS” JOHNSON AS A SEVERANCE BENEFIT —— BECAUSE HE VOLUNTARILY LEFT THAT POSITION TO BE ELEVATED TO THE POSITION OF TAX COMMISSIONER ( AT A HIGHER SALARY ) —-
    MAKES NO SENSE TO ME .
    ON WHAT FEDERAL OR STATE STATUTE OR REGULATION DID THE AUGUSTA COMMISSIONERS RELY FOR THE AUTHORITY TO GIFT $70,000.00 OF TAXPAYER MONEY IN THIS SITUATION ? —- I DID NOT READ ANY REFERENCE TO STATUTORY AUTHORITY IN THE MEDIA REPORTS.
    THERE WAS SOME CONFUSING (confusing to me) REFERENCE TO “AUGUSTA’s OLDER SEVERANCE BENEFITS” POLICY —-
    WHICH THE MEDIA REPORTS IMPLY WAS REVISED LONG AGO .

    DID THE AUGUSTA COMMISSIONERS OBTAIN A WRITTEN LEGAL OPINION FROM THE COUNTY ATTORNEY PRIOR TO AUTHORIZING THIS $70,000.00 PAYMENT ? IF SO —- THE AUGUSTA PRESS SHOULD PLEASE PUBLISH IT .

    THE MEDIA HAS FAILED (in my opinion) TO CLEARLY EXPLAIN THE AUGUSTA COMMISSION’s RATIONALE FOR THIS $70,000.00 “severance payment” .

    WHEN MAKING A “short list” OF ACTIONS BY LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS THAT DESERVE A CLOSER LOOK —- PLEASE ADD THIS TO THE LIST .

  2. The city attorney gives them wrong info all the time..hence the mayor has to be sued to release public info. Seems all the city attorney does is tell them what they want to hear. The mayors office should have been audited when he couldn’t produce his credit card receipts and we he bypassed procurement as required by the rules. Also? He should have been blistered by local media for stolen valor for getting a military discount at Home Depot. Hardie has done what he’s done because it was allowed..politics as usual in Augusta…

  3. The Augusta Commission does not want an audit of King Hardie because the tentacles of fund disbursement could lead to certain members of the Commission. The “wink and backslap” of shady dealings is alive and well in Augusta.

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