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Opinion: $82 Million Will Expand Augusta’s Government and Redistribute Wealth

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City Administrator Odie Donald presented Augusta commissioners with a plan Wednesday for spending $82 million federal dollars from the Biden administration’s American Recovery Plan that’s supposed to help communities recover from the pandemic.

That’s what it’s supposed to do, but in reality it w...

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19 COMMENTS

  1. All of our local government entities that are in line to receive any of this so-called “American Recovery Plan” money should do the honorable thing and say NO THANKS. The Mayor and Commissioners certainly should, especially if they aren’t willing to follow Bob Young’s suggestion of a property tax rebate. This is NOT free money, people! And none of the commissioners should be given a blank check for $1 million. God help us!!

  2. Thank you again Sylvia. The primary responsibility for the millions and billions of wasted future federal debt lies with Biden, Harris, Schumer, Pelosi and all the other socialist democrats in congress who approved this debacle. They are bankrupting our country. Yes, a country can go bankrupt. If we had local leaders with sound financial acumen they would refuse to accept most of that money. That’s not going to happen. This will be the most corrupt nationwide dispersion of America’s future in the history of our country.

  3. The city’s auditing firm Mauldin & Jenkins should have a lot to answer for. Why did they not flag the city for failing to follow state law in its credit card use? The management letter that accompanies the annual audit should have addressed this. And, nothing was said for five years? You have to wonder what else Mauldin & Jenkins missed. Perhaps, a Commissioner will ask.

  4. Great article.Thank you Sylvia for putting the spotlight on apparent corruption on Augusta , Georgia. My family and I totally agree on Bob Youngs comment on tax relief. My family and I also want to let John Clarke to know we totally support him and ask him to keep pushing forward on the Forescic Audit. And thank you Commissioners Catherine McKnight and Brandon Garrett for continuing to publicly support
    John Clarke’s call for a citywide Forescic Audit. My family and I are totally disappointed dealing with the 6 commissioners that continue to vote no on a Forescic Audit. It’s apparently obvious that several of these commissioners also have their hands in the cookie jar and don’t want to get caught . Its obvious Hardy Davis wants to gets his Million to spend on his upcoming attorney fees to stay out of prison .I’m sure the IRS will get the rest for back taxes he never paid on the money he never paid personal taxes on for all the money he spent on himself and all his friends , especially Jose Cuervo. While referring to all these expenses as consulting fees.

    • Charlie that was a low blow. Jose deserves so much better than to be tied to Davis. I take Davis as being a Shirley Temple kind of guy anyway. . He sure wouldn’t want to have a little to much and his lips start moving. God forbid he may tell on himself. (the real reason he needed $700 in makeup) Hell go ahead and pour that Mayor another drink. Inquiring minds would like to know.

  5. Thank you for again reporting on what is happening in Richmond County. Sadly, today, there wasn’t a single thing to chuckle about. I think Bob Young’s idea would be the most equitable distribution of the “free government money”. It would be a rebate to those who are actually paying the money. I am enjoying THE AUGUSTA PRESS because I have given up on watching either local or national news reports. Please keep telling your message because there are many of us who are anxiously waiting to hear what you have to say.

  6. I AGREE WITH THE REMARKS ALREADY POSTED. IS THERE ANOTHER BOB YOUNG OUT THERE THAT WOULD RUN FOR MAYOR? BOB WHY DON’T YOU GIVE IT ANOTHER SHOT?

    JOHN CLARKE KEEP PUSHING, DO NOT LET THE NAY SAYERS GET TO YOU. I AM DELIGHTED YOU HAVE COMMISSIONERS McKNIGHT AND GARRETT IN YOUR CORNER.
    I THINK THAT BIG ‘OL COOKIE JAR HAS HAD SOME STICKY FINGERS DIPPING IN.

    WOULDN’T A CLEAN SLATE BE GREAT?

  7. Thank you Sylvia! You are a treasure for we citizens. Keep shining the light. I wish I had reconsidered moving from Columbia County into Richmond County. Seeing our money sucked down the drain is not a fun experience.

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