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Effort to incorporate ‘Summerville Village’ alive, set back another year



An effort to incorporate the “City of Summerville Village” advanced but suffered a two-year setback when area legislators declined to sponsor the bill.

The push got as far as organizers running a legal ad Thursday stating a bill was coming. But the legislation won’t happen during this session, s...

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  1. Consolidation has been a dismal failure and has put Richmond County in line to go bankrupt in the near future. We should reverse Walker’s scheme and go back to a much smaller and more efficient countywide local government where the city (urban district) is a sub-part of the whole.

  2. What is the point of creating the town of Summerville ?
    Property owners in the new Summerville will still have to pay the “way too high” Richmond County property taxes .
    It appears that Summerville will just add another layer of property taxes on top of the Richmond County taxes .
    The new Summerville will not be exempted from the NEWTON-BURNS SALES TAX which is being imposed for the sole purpose of funding a brand new CIVIC CENTER .
    We want to escape the incompetency of the current Richmond County Commission.
    Please explain to me how creating a new level of property taxation will accomplish this goal .

    • No sir, there would NOT be another layer of property taxes. The property tax would be the same with the bulk going to the BOE like it does now. This new smaller governmental board would strive to use the rest of the tax collected in a much more efficient, transparent and responsible manner to provide better services to its residents.

  3. I agree with Mr. Coleman. This has the appearance of racism and may be in violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which if it is would lead to costly litigation. I have lived in Augusta my entire life and live in the Historic Summerville area. The old village of Summerville was incorporated into the City of Augusta in the early 1900s and the reason for that still exists today. We need to remain in Augusta and not follow the leads of people like Majorie Taylor Greene that wants Republican voting states to succeed. Furthermore, from an economic point of view taxes on Industries and Sales Taxes greatly reduce the tax on homeowners and the area proposed is lacking on that segment of the tax digest. The City of Augusta owns the water and sewer facilities and there is no restriction on their charging different rates to any new city. For those that think this move would reduce criminal activity, criminals don’t look at municipal or county boundaries. Jack Long

  4. We do have a school system it is Monte Sano Elementary. Also one of the reasons for Summerville being brought into the city when it was incorporated, the water issues! We would pay the price once again.

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