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Tax Commissioner speaks out on severance pay

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The Augusta-Richmond County Commission had no choice in offering a severance package to recently appointed Tax Commissioner Chris Johnson.

The vote to allow Johnson the severance was unanimous, and there is a reason for that.

The commission was obliged to grant severance under the Senior Exe...

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  1. I’m far from the most intelligent person in the room or on the bus, but I respectfully disagree with Johnson’s policy defense. The state regulation that supports the severance discourse should be produced. Why? Because Georgia labor law neither the Federal Labor Standards Act addresses severance pay. It’s strictly voluntary by the employer. Please, for the sake of resting this matter and moving forward, the city attorney or a staffer needs to research and produce a Georgia statute.

  2. Scott, it would be helpful if y’all would just post a copy of the existing policy and the old policy. That would answer some questions.
    For instance does the new policy provide for “grandfathering”?
    Does the old policy cover the office of the assistant to the tax commissioner?
    Surely those documents are pubic.
    It would not answer my still open question, who made the motion to pay a severance?

  3. I AGREE WITH THE COMMENTS/ REQUESTS MADE ABOVE BY CHARLIE HANNAH AND WALTER EUBANKS FOR THE AUGUSTA PRESS TO PRINT THE THE STATUTES / ORDINANCES / POLICIES ON WHICH THE AUGUSTA COMMISSIONERS CLAIM THE RIGHT (OR OBLIGATION) TO MAKE THIS GIFT OF TAXPAYER MONEY .
    THE ARTICLE TAKES THE TONE OF AN OPINION (OF WRITER
    SCOTT HUDSON) —- RATHER THAN A STATEMENT OF FACTS SO AS TO ALLOW THE READER TO FORM HIS OWN OPINION.

    THE RUMORS AT THE MUNICIPAL BUILDING ARE THAT FORMER TAX COMMISSIONER STEVE KENDRICK IS CONFIDENT THAT AT LEAST SIX COMMISSIONERS WILL SUPPORT A PAY RAISE FOR THE NEXT MAYOR ( if the next Mayor is Steve Kendrick) AND FOR THEMSELVES —- SHOCKINGLY HIGH PAY RAISES . IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THE LOCAL LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION MUST SQUIRE THESE RAISES THROUGH THE LEGISLATURE, AND THAT A MAJORITY OF THE LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION IS REQUIRING THAT A REQUEST FOR THE RAISES—- FIRST BE MADE BY THE COMMISSIONERS.
    THERE IS ALSO A RUMOR THAT A RETIRING (RETIRED) JUDGE DESIRES TO BE HIRED AS CITY-COUNTY ATTORNEY .

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