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Public Should Weigh in on Augusta Commission Raises



When elected officials vote themselves a pay raise, it concerns everyone - everyone, of course, except the elected officials who will benefit from the raise. We all would love to have the opportunity to VOTE ourselves a raise when WE determine we should get one. 

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  1. Very well said Rev. Meyers. I believe you have the heart of a true citizen, who wants to help make Augusta a better place to live for all it’s citizens. Not exactly like some of the current group of Commissioners. Let’s hope your voice of reason is heard and acted upon for the betterment of the community.

  2. Our growth should attract great leaders; however, the commissioners should not be compensated as part-time city manager overseers. If it is the case of our commissioners working as part-time managers then we need to make sure, as the article states, they are qualified for the position. The problem is too many long for the profile seat at a table and they don’t understand that the seat is to serve, bringing the meal to the table, not just eating.

  3. I do not think increased pay will increase the qualifications of the commissioners. The commission should be composed of honest people who want to further the development of Augusta, The commission should not be considered a full time employment. That will just increase a bureaucracy who produce nothing.

  4. Augusta Richmond County is a major part of the second largest metro area in the state. We can all be thankful that we have some very professional department heads running things for us. I would submit that the commission as a whole has failed to properly represent the county for decades. (And, in passing, I would note that the Richmond County BOE wears this mantle to an even greater extent.) In too many cases we have either well meaning, but ill equipped or self serving and ill equipped individuals being elected. It is typical that there are only 2-3 individuals on any given commission who are truly well meaning AND well prepared to do the job. The biggest part of the problem is that the people who are best suited to serve are, for the most part, just not interested. The reasons are numerous, but are so obvious that they need not be reviewed here. Solve those problems and we will get more who are willing to serve AND are prepared to do it. Money is probably not at the top of that list of problems.

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