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Moving ahead with plans to renovate the Bell Auditorium

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Renovations and improvements to the Bell Auditorium could get underway sooner rather than later.

That project was included in the overall design for the New James Brown Arena. However, the project stalled when Richmond County voters rejected a Nov. 2, 2021 bond referendum to pay for the project....

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  1. The writer states that more than sixty (60) percent of the voters (taxpayers) rejected the proposed three (3) mill property tax increase that the County Commissioners and the Coliseum Authority UNANIMOUSLY attempted to impose on all Richmond County property owners to pay for the Two Hundred Forty Million ($240,000,000.00) Dollar Coliseum project . I may be mistaken , but I believe that the voters (taxpayers) defeated that tax increase by almost sixty five (65) percent of the vote (not 60 percent) .
    I also believe that it was a Two Hundred Fifty Million ($250,000,000.00) Dollar project proposal ( that does not include the loan origination fee , points , interest ,etc. —- that would be incurred to borrow money —- issue bonds ) that the property owners would be paying back —- for how long (fifty 50 years) ??? And the great benefit that the taxpayers were to receive —- 3500 more seats .
    The taxpayers were lucky to get rid of two of those Commissioners because of term limits . When voters (taxpayers) were reminded (during the runoff) of Commissioner John Clark’s vote —- he was defeated . Now somebody has suggested that Commissioner Clark run for the 7’th District seat . I suspect that reminding the voters (taxpayers) of his participation in the attempted three (3) mill property tax increase will sink that campaign also .
    In the near term , the sitting Commissioners can show some goodwill toward the taxpayers by cutting the millage rate to eliminate the shocking increase in property taxes that the taxpayers are about to incur as a result of these crazy property re-evaluations, eliminate the storm water tax ,
    and prioritize a hard look at the county budget (that is , quit drinking the kool-aid that the county’s department heads are serving ).

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