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Keep Augusta Beautiful another example of wasteful spending

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Several years ago, the city launched what it called the “Keep Augusta Beautiful” initiative; however, the initiative has not produced any substantive results, and the trail leads only to a couple of cubicles somewhere within the bowels of the Municipal Building and a city bank account with question...

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  1. OH MY GOODNESS…the KAgsBeautiful program was such a “do nothing” waste … wonder whatever happened to the equipment it bought…soooo many unanswered questions….wonder what ever happened to SHOLANDA??? Commissioner Frantom seems to be knowledgeable of the program and thus needs to tell us the whole story of KAB and why it was so quietly disbanded without and public/media reports.

  2. All this, and they pay an outside contractor to mow the grass at the water works on central avenue. I think we need to grab the city administrator, whether he has left the county or not, and put him behind a lawnmower for a couple weeks

  3. Dear Lord, can anyone please explain to me why someone hasn’t gone to jail? Every time TAP gets copies of records from Augusta it seems something is off a little or a lot. I know I’m not a citizen of my hometown anymore living in Columbia County but would one of you Augusta residents form a group to hire an investigator and attorney to do something.

  4. My late father would refer to these types of shenanigans as “throwing money up a wild hog’s behind and hollering SUUEEY !!” Augusta and Richmond County were well run at one time but that time has LONG passed.
    Plenty of excuses for why things cannot be accomplished and plenty of funds for ‘admins’ or consultants or whatever the ‘flavor of the day happens to be’. And always plenty of new ideas for the next shiny new object to erect or build.
    All the citizens ask is that elected officials please spend our tax money responsibly and efficiently. If department heads or personnel are not performing their duties then FIRE them and without severance.
    We are not asking local officials to CURE CANCER or STOP WORLD HUNGER. Just please manage and run the city in a responsible manner.

  5. Who, in the Accounting Dept, is responsible for overseeing/ auditing these accounts to look for discrepancies or red flags of mismanagement? Just another example of why audits are needed. It couldn’t be anymore expensive than the money that has lined the pockets of these so called leaders/ managers over the last eight years and probably longer!

    • That’s a simple answer. It’s the person that informed them how to access the money by going around the Procurement Department without any questions. Just look inside the same Department. Time for Indictments!

  6. Well, at least the leaders of Augusta responsible for this mess don’t have a son strung out on drugs and prostitutes like the current leader of the US. That we know of anyway. But it’s good to know that Augusta is following right in the footsteps of Fraud, Waste and Abuse of taxpayer money.

  7. Writing checks in smaller amounts to circumvent the Procurement guidelines is a total sham! Is Gerry Sams aware of it? Apparently no need for bid docs when this is done. WHAT WILL IT TAKE to stop this waste?

  8. All this equipment should be on a list with a number to identify each and where it is located……sure would be fun to engage a real person to find these items and show us the end results of each. They have a list to tell you where all the computers are located and whose desk they are setting on, etc.

  9. A few years ago I had a friend of the family visit from Florida and loved history so I thought why not take him to Magnolia Cemetery. I guess we get used to the way things look around here and don’t see the issues anymore because he was shocked the way it looked with broken headstones just laying around and the overgrown grass and unkept tree trimming around the place. And there was a kitten that followed us around and when we came to a certain grave that had a broken lid that was caved in and he jumped right in! You could tell that wasn’t his first rodeo. And then he came back out to play. The next day I had my son and his friend go back down and catch the cat and we took him home and named him Mr. Bones.

  10. UNFORUNATELI, just the usual total lack of oversight by our council!! WHO will be fired for the check writing that was done to get around the $5000 check procurement cap?? Time after time, starting with the continued obstacles to have a top to bottom audit accomplished startung with Mayor Davis’s credit card, indicates that this current failure is “business as usual” that must be hidden from the tax payers!!!

  11. There is an easy answer to those questions above. Your crooked politicians running the city of Augusta had to buy that equipment so they could equip those individuals you see on the side of the road with lawnmowers and weed eaters cutting grass and receiving gracious storm water fees. You need to follow the trail of who receives these contracts and who they are related to or friends with. We are well passed forensic audits. We the taxpayers should demand indictments!! Not all of our politicians are self serving crooks . Unfortunately those good serving Commissioners are in the minority.

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