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Editorial: It is time to give the mayor a vote



It seems that momentum is beginning to build at the state level to allow the citizens of Augusta a referendum to decide if the Augusta mayor should have a vote on the People’s business. We feel this is long overdue.

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  1. No! Garnett may be an excellent mayor but in the future would you want some clown like Hardie with a vote? Change the rules of how the commission votes by blocking votes with an abstention. That should never be allowed. Bully Bobby has circumvented the process several times with his abstentions and even bragged about it in an open meeting. The only way a commissioner should not have a yes or no vote is with a direct conflict of interest that must be proven in the open commission meeting in front of the body. Then it should not be an abstention but he should not be allowed ANY vote. Quit letting the bullies screw up the process and DO NOT give the mayor the ability to vote because you will rue that decision when another Hardie clown gets elected ( and it will happen)

  2. Anyone know the sources of City Augusta’s tax funding? Lot of sales tax paid by Black citizens and lot of real estate taxes paid by White citizens ? Would be very informative info if TAP would research it. ie: who pays the piper?

  3. While it COULD be dangerous, I feel the Mayor should have a legitimate vote. It has come to this, because of “certain” Commissioners abusing the vote of abstention. We must do a better job of vetting a higher class of Commissioner and Mayoral candidates. We have done a good job in the selection of our new Mayor. We must continue that trend, and now we must tackle the task of getting more qualified Commission candidates that truly wish to do “the People’s Business”, and not brag about them being able to vote one way, because someone else has already abstained. Childish at best.

  4. I think it is time to give the voters a chance to state what they would like. If some of the people are afraid giving the mayor a vote might lead to another Hardie Davis, then I say don’t vote for such a person.

  5. I think Mr Wylds has a good point. If abstention is the problem why not concentrate all efforts on fixing that issue. It does seem short sighted to revert back to the previous rules of allowing the mayor to vote if history has shown the perils of that arrangement. Fix abstention. If that doesn’t solve the problem, let the Mayor vote.

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