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James Brown Arena Referendum Fails To Pass

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With all precincts reporting, the bond referendum to build a new 10,000-seat arena has failed by a margin of 60 to 40%.  

According to the district maps, voters living in downtown, east Augusta and areas around Fort Gordon overwhelmingly supported the measure which would have financed the propos...

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  1. PROPERTY OWNERS IN RICHMOND COUNTY HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY SAVED FROM AN ABHORRENT THREE ( 3 ) MILL PROPERTY TAX INCREASE.
    THE COLISEUM AUTHORITY SHOULD BE ABOLISHED—- NOW —- BEFORE IT REGROUPS AND COMES BACK WITH A NEW PROPOSAL TO REACH ITS HANDS INTO THE POCKETS OF RICHMOND COUNTY’S PROPERTY OWNERS .

  2. IT SHOULD NOT BE FORGOTTEN THAT THE AUGUSTA – RICHMOND COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AUTHORIZED THIS REFERENDUM WHICH PLACED THE PROPERTY OWNERS AT RISK FOR A THREE ( 3 ) MILL INCREASE IN OUR PROPERTY TAXES .
    SPLOST 8 WAS ALSO THE RESULT OF THIS GROUP OF COMMISSIONERS’ FAILURE TO PRIORITIZE THE NEEDS OF COUNTY RESIDENTS .

    INSTEAD OF PRIORITIZING NEEDED INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS —- THESE COMMISSIONERS TREATED THE SPLOST 8 LIKE MONOPOLY MONEY AND ALLOCATED OVER HALF THAT MONEY TO WASTEFUL PROJECTS
    ( ie. $25 million for PLANS for the now failed Coliseum project ).

  3. The Coliseum Authority needs to come back later, after the economy improves, with a financing plan wherein backers and users of the facility, not the people who own property in the county, pay for the construction, operation and maintenance. Why should property owners pay for a facility that hosts events in which they have no interest? It’s bad enough our property taxes are spent on failing schools and not spent on our crumbling infrastructure.

  4. Ok the property owners have spoken! Now if the coliseum authority wants to build a new one charge a $20 usage fee and raise motel hotel tax and some splost money to pay for it. Those are the people gaining from it. Better than that let Columbia County build it we have enough venues….. Bell, James Brown Arena, Imperial, Miller, and the Convention Center! All of which are under utilized!

  5. Yep posted a question and then never got a reply. The question was ow many people are delinquent currently? Before you go about raising my property taxes, let the voters know he w many people can’t pay the taxes we currently have. Then, how many renters do we have that won’t pay directly, but will at higher leases next year. Put all the figures out there. Also maintain what you have.

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