Busy day on the Augusta Commission

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email

News 12 at six o'clock, November 20, 2007

Augusta, GA---It was a busy day here in the Augusta commission chambers. Property taxes in Richmond County are going up, and neighbors say it's a noisy club....now Club Dreams is preparing to pack up and leave.

City administrator Fred Russell is proposing a .971 millage rate increase, that's about $33 dollars per year on a $100,000 home. It would mean a possible $1.5 million dollars for raises to the sheriff's deputies...about 664 sworn officers to be exact.

The sheriff's office originally asked for around $3 million dollars. The city is proposing at least half of that. But commissioners said, wait, what about firefighters.

They said if the city increases pay for deputies...the same must be done for the firefighters. Administrator Fred Russell was instructed to go back to the table and return on December 6th.

Also, in the race for the Augusta commission...Tanya Barnhill, who ran against Alvin Mason in the first election, is now announcing her support for Mason.

The Augusta commission voted to put Club Dreams on probation through the end of December. And Club Dreams owners say they are dreaming bigger dreams. There are talks of the club moving by the first of the year...this follows 10 citations for noise violations. Club lawyer, Leon Larke, calls the move a business decision. He says owners of the current building are moving in another direction.

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  • by David Location: Augusta on Nov 21, 2007 at 10:26 AM
    I would love to know how many times over the past five years Fred Russell has recommended a tax increase for homeowners. Seems like that's the only tool he has on his toolbelt. I also take exception to his way of explaining his recommendations to us dummies...i.e, only the cost of a gallon of milk or only 8 dollars a year on a 100,000 home...or if you want big city services you have to pay for them. I would love some big city professional management! The way the citizens of this community are manipulated and talked down to is shameful. Fred can try and polish that rock (substituted word) all he wants but it's still a rock. Why can't we ever eliminate duplicated services or cut the cash cows out of our government. It always falls on the homeowner to pay for. I'd support a sales tax across the board...at least we'd all have to pay.
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