Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams says to not support SPLOST

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News12 at 6 o'clock/ Monday March 5, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Richmond County Commissioners have given SPLOST the green light, now it's up to voters to approve it.

On Friday, six commissioners approved the nearly $200 million SPLOST package.

The money would come from a one cent sales tax already in place. Augusta Commission Marion Williams is telling everyone not to support it. "I will not vote for it and it's already been approved. I'm not going to vote for it and I'm going to tell my constituents to not vote for it," said Commissioner Marion Williams.

Commissioner Marion Williams was one of four who were absent for the SPLOST seven vote. The others include Commissioner Bill Lockett, Senate Candidate Corey Johnson and Mayoral Candidate Alvin Mason.

"If you really wanted the commission to be there and you saw it was a problem from prior meetings. Then you should have held it in the evening times once commissioners were finished with their jobs," said Commissioner Alvin Mason.

"Everybody's got comments about what somebody else does, they ought to know something like that is important. Be heard that's what the people elected you for," said Commissioner Grady Smith.

In the last month, no more than three commissioners have showed up for the work sessions called by the mayor. At one point, only one commissioner showed up to hear how the millions in SPLOST funding would be spent.

"The type of mayor that Commissioner Mason would be is to call it when we have maximum participation. We would do it in the evening times to take into consideration commissioners schedules," said Commissioner Mason.

"We could have did this thing in November. They rushed this thing," said Commissioner Marion Williams.

Commissioner Williams says there weren't any public hearings to give voters a chance to speak on how they wanted their pennies spent. While other commissioners tell us it's now up to voters to decide.

"I think where we are now it's a little pricey. I think it's something that is left up to the voters," said Commissioner Joe Jackson.

"I think that it's wrong and done unfairly and I think the community needs to vote against the sales tax," said Commission Williams.

On Tuesday May 20th, we will find out what voters chose.

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