Commission puts off millage decision

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August 10, 2006

The Augusta Commission is still trying to figure out how they'll fix the city's budget problems.

During a special called meeting today, commissioners were set to take a final vote on a property tax increase.

This comes after several public hearings and the commission's approval of the same increase two weeks ago.

But on a 6-2 vote, they decided to delay the decision until next week.

"I was hoping something would be decided today, but we did only have eight commissioners as opposed to all ten today," said mayor Deke Copenhaver. "Next week we should have a full house."

Commissioners Andy Cheek and Betty Beard were not in attendance.

"I'm not in favor of a tax raise, an increase, but we got to do something," said mayor pro tem Marion Williams. "Either we going to go into the fund balance again--and that's going to leave us at a disadvantage if something happens."

Commissioners Jerry Brigham and Joe Bowles were the only two commissioners voting not to table the vote.