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Opinion: SPLOST 8 Will Give a Better Quality of Life in Augusta

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Those who live, work and visit Augusta would not be able to enjoy the same quality-of-life benefits we have were it not for the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax programs of the last 35 plus years.

Since the state passed legislation to enact SPLOST in the mid-1980s, right her...

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  1. Everyone who reads your opinion are intitled to their own opinion, without you calling us names just because we disagree with your opinion. So as a “Load Mouth” I will say that anytime you all a commission to establish where the money is going, with ideas like “let the (developer) decide how to spend $25 million we are allocating for the arena as seed money, even though we haven’t had an approval by the citizens to spend $228 Million instead of the original guess of $110 million that was said could replace the old arena and add about 2,000 additional seats. So if they spend $22,800 per seat in an arena, how much revenue do they need to generate to operate this huge new facality, and pay it off? Plus Augusta can’t pay to take care of the Parks they now have, so how can they take care of more new parks paid by splosh but still need to have annual tax income to care for their upkeep? I say you don’t understand the business side of all this “helping Augusta reach it’s full potential” and the tax increase it will take to run this larger investments that the Augusta Commission do not now take care of, like the park lighting that killed that little boy, and how much that cost the taxpayers.

  2. VOTE NO TO SPLOST 8. We cannot maintain what we have now. NO to water park, NO to an Giant arena, and HELL no to the Depot project. IF the Depot project is such a money maker, allow a private delevoper to purchase the property!!!

  3. Your column is correct. The tax is spread out evenly to everyone. I want to vote “yes” but it’s gonna be a tough sell this go around. With all the outrages raises people are getting, it leaves a very bad taste in the citizens mouth. I can’t really say there’s been much of any improvement since the last time we voted “yes”. I myself think that maybe we should vote “no” this go around to show our leaders we expect them to be more responsible with our money.

  4. I am not opposed to SPLOST but it seems that the projects are not well thought out. A new Arena is needed, it just needs to be in a better location. The parks I pass are mostly deserted so why do we need a new park when the mind set is to stay at home and avoid social gathering. How do you justify new arenas, parks when we are concentrating on masks, social isolation, stay at home reduced exposure to the virus.

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